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North and South Korea to hold family reunions on Feb 20-25

Published on Feb 5, 2014 1:55 PM
In a file picture taken on Nov 1, 2010, North Koreans (in the bus) grip hands of their South Korean relatives as they bid farewell following their three-day separated family reunion meeting at Mount Kumgang resort. North and South Korea agreed on Wednesday to revive reunions of families separated since the 1950-53 Korean War, an official said, in a rare confidence-building move by the rivals ahead of US-South Korean military drills that have angered Pyongyang. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - North and South Korea agreed on Wednesday to hold a reunion later this month for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War – the first such event for more than three years.

The agreement marked a rare moment of cooperation between the two rivals, especially coming just weeks before the South kicks off joint military exercises with the United States that have been vehemently denounced by Pyongyang.

Officials from both sides meeting in the border truce village of Panmunjom decided the reunion would be held on February 20-25 at the North’s Mount Kumgang resort, the South’s Unification Ministry said.

“We hope that the latest agreement will be smoothly carried out to ease the suffering and pain of separated families,” the ministry said in a statement.

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