North Korean lifts entry bans on 2 South Korean officials

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has lifted entry bans it had imposed on two South Korean officials involved in managing a jointly-run factory park in the North.

A spokesman at Seoul's Unification Ministry said Friday Pyongyang didn't offer a clear explanation on why it banned the officials from the Kaesong industrial park on Wednesday or why it decided to allow them to visit again.

The factory park has been a critical source of income for the cash-strapped North since its establishment in 2004, during an era of rapprochement between the rivals.

The Koreas are still technically at war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.