Koreas in talks over reunions
SEOUL: Delegations from North and South Korea met yesterday for talks to arrange the first reunions in about three years for families separated by the Korean War, with the Red Cross paving the way.
This was among the steps promised by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in to improve relations soured over the North’s nuclear and missile programmes.
“We should make active efforts for good results today by trusting and being considerate of each other,” said Pak Yong-il, the leader of the North’s delegation.
South Korean officials have called for the visits between separated families to resume as a “humanitarian and human rights issue”, especially since many individuals are now in their 80s. The last reunions were held in 2015.
The South also sought to resume video conferences and the delivery of letters among families divided by the border.
Since 2000, about 23 676 separated Koreans have interacted through videolink. – Reuters