The South and North Korean Red Cross will start checking this week whether applicants for the upcoming cross-border family reunions are still alive.
The South Korean Red Cross plans to narrow the list of the randomly selected 500 candidates to anywhere between 200 to 250 in the coming days, and confirm the final list of 100 people by Sept. 16.
Meanwhile, the candidates from the North will be directly selected by the Workers' Party. The reunions of families separated by the Korean War are scheduled to take place at Mt. Kumgang starting Sept. 25.