Koreas agree to hold family reunions as plannedUpdated: 2014-02-14 16:45:05 (KST)
High-level officials from the two Koreas met again at the truce village of Panmunjom on this Friday for the second time in just three days.
The South Korean chief delegate just gave a press briefing on the results of the today's meeting at Seoul's unification ministry.
For the details, we connect live to our correspondent Hwang Sung-hee at Seoul's Unification Ministry.
Sung-hee, did the Koreas reach an agreement?
Kim Kyou-hyun, South Korea's chief delegate for today's high-level inter-Korean talks just gave a press briefing and I have some good news
The two Koreas have agreed to hold reunions for families separated since the Korean War as planned from February 20th to the 25th.
Next week's reunions will be the first such event in more than three years and it signals a potential improvement in inter-Korean ties.
The two sides were at odds over the issue and Kim said the North came to today's meeting with its stance that the reunions and South Korea's joint military drills with the U.S. cannot take place simultaneously.
At their first round of talks Wednesday - which lasted for 14 hours with no concrete results - Pyongyang had demanded that Seoul postpone the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises which begin on February 24th.
Kim said his delegation consistently explained to the North it is the South Korean government's stance not to link humanitarian issues with the military drills and that holding the reunion as scheduled will be a meaningful step towards improved bilateral ties.
The two Koreas also agreed to stop throwing insults at each other to increase trust.
Ending cross-border slandering was part of North Korea's so-called "important proposal" to the South made last month.
Today's talks, which were the first high-level inter-Korean talks in seven years, could become an opportunity to improve inter-Korean ties as the officials agreed to hold additional rounds of high-level talks in the future, although no specific date has been set.
Better inter-Korean ties is always good to hear.
Thank you, Sung-hee for your report.
That was Hwang Sung-hee with the latest on the two Koreas' agreement to hold family reunions next week.
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