South Korea sends North a formal family reunion proposal
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea on Friday proposed formal talks next week with the North on arranging the first reunion in three years of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.
In a telephone message, the South suggested holding discussions on August 23 under Red Cross auspices at the border village of Panmunjom, where the ceasefire ending Korean War hostilities was signed, the Unification Ministry said.
South Korean President Park Geun Hye had called for a resumption of the suspended reunion programme in a speech on Thursday to mark the end of Japanese colonial rule over the Korean peninsula.
Her initiative came a day after the two Koreas reached a breakthrough agreement in their efforts to resume operations at a joint industrial zone that was closed in April at the height of soaring military tensions.