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North Korea rejects South's proposal for family reunions

Published on Jan 9, 2014 3:11 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea on Thursday rejected a South Korean proposal for resuming reunions for families separated by the Korean War, citing planned South-United States military exercises as a major barrier.

The North's main body for inter-Korean affairs said it would like to get the reunions going again, but questioned the South's sincerity.

"How could separated families comfortably meet for a reunion in the face of ceaseless war practices staged in the South?" the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) was quoted as saying by the North's official KCNA news agency.

South Korea and the US conduct a series of joint military exercises of varying magnitude every year.

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