** S. Korea Reports Progress on Remaining Workers at Kaesong Complex**
South Korea says it is making progress with the North on allowing the return of its workers who remain at a suspended joint industrial zone just north of the border.
But the South's Unification Ministry says more time is needed to resolve issues such as unpaid taxes and wages before the seven remaining South Koreans can leave the Kaesong industrial complex.
The last-minute dispute prevented the workers from leaving along with the last 43 South Koreans who returned home Monday. If they leave, it would break the final peaceful link between the two foes.
North Korea pulled its 53,000 workers and blocked South Korean entry to the facility last month, as part of its angry reaction to expanded United Nations sanctions against its latest nuclear test.
** Saudi Oil Minister: US Energy Independence is Naive **
Saudi Arabian oil minister Ali al-Naimi says the United States is naive to think it could become independent from Middle East oil.
Al-Naimi told an audience in Washington Tuesday that he welcomes an increase in U.S. oil and gas production as good for the U.S. economy and world oil supplies.
But he said the idea of energy independence is naive and simplistic, because he said global energy markets are interconnected.
Since the 1973 Middle East oil embargo, many Americans, including President Barack Obama and his predecessors, have said the United States must stop depending on foreign oil. They say energy independence is crucial for U.S. national security.