March 09, 2011 08:00
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk has written to the South Korean ministries of foreign affairs and of unification asking for Korean Americans to be included in reunions of families separated by the Korean War, Radio Free Asia said Tuesday.
Kirk also played a leading role launching a Congressional commission to support the cause.
RFA quotes the NGO Eugene Bell Foundation as saying some 100,000 Korean Americans have family in the North from whom they were separated by the war. Kirk in the letters dated Feb. 10 asked the government to lift rules restricting separated families to those living in South Korea.
But a government official said of 82,000 people in South Korea who have applied to meet their families from the North, only 2,100 have so far had the chance. "There is only a slim chance that Korean Americans will be included," he added.
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