The Courier-Mail

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”.

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