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Seoul proposes Red Cross talks with Pyongyang on family reunions

Updated: 2014-03-06 06:33:35 (KST)
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Seoul's unification ministry sent a written proposal to Pyongyang on Wednesday suggesting that the two Koreas hold talks on making reunions for families separated by the Korean War a regular event.
Deputy spokesperson Park Su-jin said the ministry proposed holding a round of working-level Red Cross talks next Wednesday on the South Korean side of Panmunjom , which is located on the de facto border between the two Koreas.
The offer follows President Park Geun-hye's call for regular family reunions during a speech on March first, where she pointed out that tens of thousands of South Koreans remain on a waiting list to see their long-lost loved ones in the North.
The last round of reunions two weeks ago, were the first in more than three years.

Pyongyang has yet to respond to Seoul's proposal.
Local media outlets in Seoul say Pyongyang is likely to reject the offer and instead make a counter-proposal for working-level talks, where other unresolved cross-border issues could be discussed, such as a resumption of tours to the North's Mount Kumgang resort and the lifting of economic sanctions on North Korea.
Experts say Pyongyang is likely to respond to Seoul's proposal after joint military exercises between Seoul and Washington end on Thursday.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.


Reporter : jiyeonkim@arirang.co.kr

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