Among the losers in the retaliatory sparring between the rival Koreas are residents who had been depending on a rarity in impoverished North Korea: a steady supply of water from the now-shuttered jointly run factory park in the North Korean border city of Kaesong.
Seoul said Friday that water and power had been shut down at what had been the two Koreas’ last major symbol of cooperation. It was the latest development in a standoff that started with North Korea’s nuclear test last month, followed by its long-range rocket launch Sunday. South Korea responded by beginning work Thursday to shut down the Kaesong factories, the last major symbol of Korean cooperation. North Korea then ejected all South Korean workers, seized the companies’ assets and vowed to militarize the park.