September 07, 2015 11:36
Officials from the two Koreas meet in the truce village of Panmunjom on Monday to discuss a fresh round of reunions of families separated by the Korean War.
The two Koreas agreed to discuss the reunions during a meeting late last month to ease tensions triggered when two South Korean soldiers were maimed by mines planted by the North.
A ministry spokesman said on Sunday, "The two sides will discuss the number of families from each side, the time and venue of the reunions."
As far as Seoul is concerned, the earlier, the better. Chuseok or Korean Thanksgiving on Sept. 27 "is just around the corner," an official here said. "And by Oct. 10, the anniversary of the North Korean Workers Party, it’s probably too late."
The North is expected to test-launch a long-range missile to coincide with the party anniversary, which could strain inter-Korean relations again.
Seoul is likely to accept Pyongyang's proposal of Mt. Kumgang as the venue for the reunions because it wants to proceed as quickly as possible.
"There seems to be no big difference in views between the two sides in the number of families, and the venue and timing," the official added.
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