Seoul's Unification Minister, Lee In-young, has again vowed to do everything he can so that families separated by the Korean War can reunite with their loved ones as soon as possible.
Lee said this on Tuesday during a virtual meeting with families in the South at video reunion centers in Uijeongbu city, Jeonju city and Hongseong County ahead of the Chuseok holiday.
He pointed out that more than 70 years have passed since the start of this temporary division, saying he feels a great responsibility and that the govnerment will do its best to address the problems of separated families.
89-year-old Jang Jeong-soon, who fled Pyeongyang at the age of 18, expressed longing for her hometown and said she hopes to visit once again in her lifetime.
And other people with family in the North asked for the ministry's efforts so that virtual reunions can be held like the past, saying they miss their relatives, especially nowadays.
The Unification Ministry has recently set up seven additional video reunion centers outside of the Seoul area, on top the 13 centers in the capital region.
Though, due to the pandemic, events for war-separated families will not take place during Chuseok, which is celebrated in South and North, the ministry will provide on-site guidance and flowers to those who visit Imjingak Pavilion, near the border in Paju, so they can pay tribute to their ancestors on the other side.
The ministry also said Thursday that it's continuing its project of collecting photos of the North from people who used to live there, and plans to release a hundred pictures online at the end of the month.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.