Koreas in talks over re­u­nions

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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

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