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It is an odd site for an industrial complex. To reach it, you drive through checkpoints manned by armed infantry and over the world's most heavily fortified frontier, with its "dragon's teeth" tank traps, fortified observation posts and acres of minefields.

It is also an odd place to do business. It has no Internet access, no mobile phones are permitted and the bank conducts transactions by fax.

But the Kaesong Industrial Complex, just a few minutes' drive north of the inter-Korean border, is vital for South Korea.

It represents the capitalist giant's only economic bridgehead in the bleak, hostility of North Korea, perhaps...

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