North Korea agrees Sunday to hold working-level meetings with South Korea on the resumption of reunions of families separated during the Korean War and also proposed talks for reopening tours to Mt. Geumgang report said.
The agreed meetings would take place on September 19, during the Chuseok harvest festival, the North Korean news agency KCNA reported Sunday.
“Talks for the reunions of separated families and their relatives shall be made in Mt. Geumgang resort on the occasion of the upcoming Chuseok and their video meetings be made timed for the anniversary of the Oct. 4 Declaration,” the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said in a statement carried out by the North’s official news agency, the Korean Central News Agency.
The Korean Times reported, the Seoul government has 73,000 people in South Korea alone who have requested to meet with their relatives in the North, and more or less 80 percent of those who sent requests are over the age of 70, adding urgency to the issue of family reunions.