Reunion for Korean families split by war
SEOUL: North and South Korea have agreed to hold a reunion next month for families separated by the Korean War, following all-night talks between their respective Red Cross branches.
The reunion – only the second to be held in five years – will take place between October 20 and 26 in North Korea’s Mount Kumgang resort, the South’s Unification Ministry has announced.
Seoul was understood to have been pushing for an earlier date – before a major North Korean political anniversary on October 10 – fearing Pyongyang might use the occasion to engage in a provocative act that could scupper the reunion altogether.
The Red Cross talks began on Monday morning in the border truce village of Panmunjom and, according to the South’s Unification Ministry, ran through the night with only occasional breaks.
According to the agreement, 100 people will be selected by each side to take part in the week-long event.
Pyongyang has already accused Seoul of spinning the settlement as a North Korean climb-down, and warned that it would tear up the entire deal, including the family reunion, if the South continued making “wild remarks”.