February 17, 2014 10:15
The two Koreas agreed to hold family reunions as scheduled for those separated by the Korean War despite joint South Korea-U.S. military drills. The agreement was reached in high-level talks held at the truce village of Panmunjom last Friday.
Two rounds of reunions are expected to take place at the Mt. Kumgang resort from Thursday to Tuesday. They will be the first reunions since October 2010. It remains to be seen whether family reunions will become a regular event, with the upcoming reunions as momentum.
Eighty-four South Koreans and 88 North Koreans are scheduled to meet their relatives as of Friday. Originally, before family reunions were canceled last September, 96 people from South Korea and 100 from the North were to meet relatives. But each side now has 12 fewer people due to deaths or deteriorating health.
From Thursday to Saturday, 145 South Koreans, including 61 accompanying family members, will meet relatives from the North. From Sunday to Tuesday, 88 North Koreans will meet 372 relatives and companions from the South.
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