Koreas to hold meet on family reunions at border
SEOUL (AP) - North Korea on Thursday accepted South Korea's request that this week's talks on reuniting families separated by war be held at a border village, Seoul officials said, the latest in a series of conciliatory gestures Pyongyang has recently taken.
North Korea appears to be increasingly open to reducing the tensions marked by a North Korean nuclear test, war threats and annual military drills by Seoul and Washington.
The Koreas agreed last week to move toward reopening a jointly run factory park closed since April, and North Korea's criticism of US-South Korean training exercises this week was milder in tone than its statements on past drills.
North Korea agreed to hold talks on Friday on the southern side of the border village of Panmunjom as South Korea proposed, South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Hyung-suk told reporters Thursday, according to his office.