South Korea on Sunday proposed “final” talks with the North over the fate of a shuttered joint industrial zone, suggesting it may permanently close the estate if the negotiations fail.

The latest offer came after six recent rounds of talks aimed at reviving the Seoul-invested Kaesong complex in North Korea — suspended since April — produced little signs of progress.

“We are offering the final talks to discuss the issueRyoo Kihl-Jae, Seoul’s unification minister in charge of cross-border affairs, told reporters.

The Kaesong complex, built in 2004 as a rare symbol of cooperation, had survived previous inter-Korean crises but eventually became the most high-profile casualty of two months of elevated tensions following a nuclear test by the North in February.AFP