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By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will unveil an upgrade of its Emad ballistic missiles this year, the defense minister was quoted as saying, advancing a program that has drawn criticism from the United Nations and sanctions from the United States. The Islamic Republic would also start taking delivery of an advanced Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system in the next two months, Hossein Dehghan added - a system that was blocked before a landmark nuclear deal with world powers. Tehran agreed the deal on curbing its nuclear work in July last year and international sanctions were lifted in January.
South Korea said Wednesday it would suspend all operations at a jointly-run industrial park in North Korea to punish Pyongyang for its latest rocket launch and nuclear test. It was the first time Seoul had suspended operations at the Kaesong estate since it opened in 2004 as a symbol of cross-border reconciliation. "We have decided to stop all operations at the Kaesong Industrial Complex so that... our investment in the complex would not be used by the North to fund its nuclear and missile development," Hong Yong-Pyo, Seoul's unification minister in charge of cross-border affairs, told a press conference.