Around Asia: War-torn Korean families could be reunited

In Other News - August 20th, 2013
Korean families

North Korea has agreed to resume talks with South Korea over reunions for families still separated decades after the Korean War.

The two sides agreed to hold working-level talks to reopen the jointly-run Kaesong industrial complex, a move that could pave the way for a broader cross-border dialogue on the possible reunification of war-torn families.

The North’s reunification committee said potential talks, which would be the first in three years, should be held on August 23 at the Mount Geumgang resort.

Although the South has contended this, further details would apparently be soon agreed upon during more talks.

This comes after Seoul called for cooperation to bring together family members separated from their loved ones, the official Korean Central News Agency said.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula heightened as the North unleashed a barrage of nuclear war rhetoric. Pyongyang soon turned its rage on the Kaesong park, a rare symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.

Talks on opening the shuttered complex had collapsed after both sides failed to meet eye to eye on negotiations.

by Maesie Bertumen

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