**N. Korea Not Allowing S. Korean Workers Into Joint Industrial Zone**
North Korea is blocking entry of South Korean workers into a joint industrial zone just north of the border, jeopardizing the last remaining sign of cooperation between the two foes.
Pyongyang announced Wednesday it is suspending South Korean access to the
Kaesong industrial complex, but said it would allow the South Korean workers
at the facility to leave.
South Korea says it was not told how long the entry ban will last, but warns that, if it is prolonged, South Korean workers could run out of supplies and food. Unification Ministry spokesperson says the safety of its workers is Seoul's top priority.
Seoul's defense ministry says that military action is a last-resort option if the safety of the workers is threatened.
Pyongyang has previously blocked South Koreans from entering or exiting the complex, which opened in 2004. But this appears to be the most serious threat yet to the center, which provides about $2 billion a year in trade for the impoverished North.
South Koreans who work in Kaesong are expressing concern about their safety.
The move came just hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Pyongyang against making further provocative threats against Washington and its allies.
**Malaysia PM Dissolves Parliament; Elections Expected within Weeks**
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has dissolved parliament, setting up elections that could challenge his ruling coalition that has been in power for nearly six decades.
During a televised speech Wednesday, Prime Minister Razak hailed the achievements of his National Front coalition, saying he hopes the elections will deliver it a strong mandate.
Analysts expect a strong showing from the three-party coalition of ex-deputy prime minister Anwer Ibrahim. The opposition alliance took an unprecedented number of seats from the National Front during 2008 polls.
The election commission is expected to meet soon to establish a date for the vote, which is likely to happen in the next few weeks. Elections must be held within two months of dissolving parliament.