News Summary: NKorea zone shows change's limits



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(AP) - ZONE OF CAPITALISM: The Rason Special Economic Zone, some two decades old, is intended to be a petri dish of North Korean capitalism, and leaders plan to expand the experiment all over the country.

ECONOMIC EXPANSION: Last month, North Korea announced plans to create economic zones in every province. But it's unclear how far Pyongyang is willing to go. A look at Rason suggests that it is not so desperate to revive its moribund economy that it will risk major changes.

IN RASON: In appearance, Rason remains in every way an outpost city _ albeit one that is better off than most in the North. Its showcase enterprises _ the Sonbong Textile Factory, a seafood processing plant, a sprawling but seemingly yet-to-open chemical production complex _ are hardly cutting-edge or transformative.

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