Rival Koreas agree to August reunions of war-split families
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
North and South Korea agreed Friday to hold temporary reunions of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War as they boost reconciliation efforts amid a diplomatic push to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis.
The reunions will take place at North Korea’s Diamond Mountain resort Aug. 20-26, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said after a nine-hour meeting between Red Cross officials from the two sides.
It said the countries will each send 100 participants to the reunions. People with mobility problems will be allowed to bring a relative to help them.
Such temporary reunions are highly emotional as most wishing to take part are elderly people who are eager to see their loved ones before they die. The families were driven apart during the turmoil of the war.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed during a summit in April to have the family reunions about Aug. 15, the anniversary of the Korean Peninsula’s independence from Japanese colonial rule at the end of World War II in 1945.
Friday’s talks between Red Cross officials at the Diamond Mountain resort were to arrange details of the reunions.