August 10, 2011 13:17
A U.S.-based group established to arrange reunions of Korean-Americans and their families in North Korea says it is contacting family members in the U.S. to be included in a list for an exchange.
In an interview with Voice of America on Monday, the head of the organization, Lee Cha-hee, said parents who left their children in the North will be the first ones on the list. He added two in Chicago, one in Utah and another in Philadelphia are currently in contact.
Lee said the initial exchange is to confirm whether the family members are still alive, and that details are being discussed with the American Red Cross.
It is believed that exchanging the list was discussed between the U.S. and the North during U.S. human rights envoy Robert King's visit to Pyongyang in May, as well as last month's meeting between the two sides in New York.
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