Most Separated Families Want Better Ties with N.Korea

  • By Kim Myong-song

    December 23, 2016 12:22

    Eight out of 10 South Korean families who were separated from relatives in North Korea by the Korean War want more civilian exchanges between the two sides, a survey shows.

    In the survey published by the Unification Ministry on Thursday, 77 percent of respondents said they want civilian exchanges.

    The survey was conducted among 6,142 people on a waiting list for family reunions of 51,174.

    Some 76.3 percent simply want to know whether their relatives in North Korea are still alive. Some 10.3 percent wish for regular family reunions, four percent for exchanges of letters and 2.9 percent phone calls.

    Only 25.3 percent had already found out whether their relatives in the North are alive. The waiting list is getting smaller as many who were separated from their relatives in the 1950-1953 war have died.

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