Delegates from both Koreas meet in the truce village of Panmunjom on Friday to discuss fresh reunions of families separated by the Korean War.
North Korea accepted South Korea's proposal for the time and venue of talks at the 11th hour on Thursday. The reunions have been on hold since October 2010.
The two Koreas are expected to discuss the number of families who will benefit, and the time and venue.
A South Korean official said, "Some 100 people used to meet their relatives from the other side each time. We’re thinking the more, the better."
The reunion will probably take place soon after the Chuseok holidays (Sept.18-22), given the time needed for both sides after they exchange lists of candidates to see if they are still alive and really want to meet their relatives from the other side.
The North wants the reunions to take place at the scenic Mt. Kumgang resort, but that is a sensitive area since it is also the venue for commercial package tours that were stopped in 2008 and which the North is keen to revive. South Korea will likely propose another venue like Seoul or Pyongyang.
In the past the North has extracted payment for the reunions in rice, fertilizer and cement, but the South now feels they are a humanitarian matter and paying for them is inappropriate.
Meanwhile, Pyongyang has proposed talks about the Mt. Kumgang package tours in late August or early September. It originally wanted them to take place this week, but Seoul feared arm-twisting using the family reunions as leverage and proposed Sept. 25 instead.
North Korea expressed hope that the Mt. Kumgang tour project "will resume soon," suggesting it is still trying to gain some sort of advantage before the family reunions go ahead.
Seoul was non-committal, saying it will "review the proposal."