S. Korea: Talks over family reunions, Mt. Geumgang tours to be dealt with separately
South Korea said Monday that talks on resuming reunions for separated families and on reopening the Mount Geumgang resort to South Korean tourists will be dealt with as two separate issues.
"The South Korean government will deliver our stance on the issue to the public after a thorough review of the overall situation."
On Sunday, North Korea proposed to hold fresh talks this Thursday on resuming South Korean tours to the Mount Geumgang resort, offering to discuss Seoul's concerns like ensuring personal safety and protecting South Korean properties.
The resort has been closed to South Koreans since 2008, after a tourist from the South was fatally shot by a North Korean guard.
And while the North accepted Seoul's offer for Red Cross talks on resuming reunions for families separated during the Korean War on Friday, the two are engaged in a tug-of-war on the venue of the meeting.
Pyongyang has proposed to meet at the Mount Geumgang resort, while Seoul has reiterated that the truce village of Panmunjom is the most ideal location due to the convenience of its location.
Meanwhile, a South Korean communications and power inspection team made its second trip to Gaeseong on Monday to check up on the facilities at the complex, which have been closed for four months now.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.
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