SEOUL, South Korea — South and North Korea agreed today to stage reunions later this month for families separated by the Korean War, an official said, a move that could help ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
The reunions — the first since October 2010 — will be held at Mount Kumgang, a scenic resort on North Korea’s east coast, from Feb. 20 to 25, according to the unification ministry official.
The deal is the first sign of progress in improving inter-Korean relations that have worsened due to the North’s military threats against the South in recent months.
Family reunions are a highly emotional issue on the divided peninsula, as most of the separated family members are in their 70s and 80s, and wish to see their long-lost relatives before they die.
There are no direct means of contact between ordinary civilians of the two countries that remain divided by a heavily fortified border.
The divided Koreas have held more than a dozen rounds of reunions since their landmark summit in 2000, bringing together more than 21,700 family members who had not seen each other since the Korean War.
Source: Busan eFM News
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