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South Korea proposes holding family reunions with North in mid-Feb

Published on Jan 27, 2014 11:50 AM

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea proposed on Monday holding family reunions for those separated by the Korean War in mid-February, ahead of joint military drills with the United States that North Korea wants cancelled.

Seoul came up with the dates after the North unexpectedly announced on Friday it was willing to hold the event - the latest in a series of conciliatory gestures from Pyongyang that the South has treated with scepticism.

The South suggested the reunions take place at the North's Mount Kumgang resort from February 17 to 21.

That would sandwich the reunion between the February 16 birthday of North Korea's late leader Kim Jong Il - an important national holiday - and the joint exercises that are scheduled to begin at the end of the month.

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