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N. Korea rejects South's call for talks on reunions

Published on Aug 10, 2012 8:37 PM
 

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea's Red Cross on Friday rejected a proposal by its South Korean counterpart for talks aimed at restarting reunions for families separated since the Korean War, according to the North's state media.

South Korea's Red Cross had proposed the talks on Wednesday to discuss a resumption of temporary reunions for family members separated since the 1950 to 1953 war.

But the North rejected the offer, accusing its neighbour of blocking cross-border exchanges, and insisting the South should first reopen suspended tours to its Mount Kumgang resort on the border.

Family reunions have been held at the resort since it was opened in 1998 as a symbol of reconciliation between the two Koreas.

 
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