Seoul Proposes Regular Family Reunions to N.Korea

Seoul on Wednesday proposed Red Cross talks on March 12 to North Korea to discuss making reunions of families separated by the Korean War a regular fixture.

In a press briefing, Unification Ministry deputy spokeswoman Park Soo-jin said, "We hope the North will respond quickly to the proposal in consideration of the anxieties of separated families."

President Park Geun-hye instructed her Cabinet the previous day to talk with the North about making the family reunions a regular event.

Meanwhile, Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae said there has been notable progress in steering relations with North Korea onto a more rational keel. Ryoo was speaking at a seminar in Seoul on Wednesday.

"As a result of our persistent persuasion of the North over the past year, we've achieved small but meaningful results," he said.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 06, 2014 10:55 KST