South Korea urges North Korea to resume family reunions
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea on Monday urged North Korea to review its decision to postpone a reunion for families separated by the Korean War, saying it had "deeply wounded" those chosen to participate.
Hundreds of divided family members from both Koreas were scheduled to meet at the North's Mount Kumgang resort from Wednesday in the first such reunion for three years.
But the North abruptly announced on Saturday that it was putting the event on indefinite hold, blaming the "hostile" attitude of the South Korean government.
"The decision to put off the event... left family members deeply disappointed and wounded, and it's inevitable that it should be criticised by South Koreans and the international community," said a spokesman for Seoul's Unification Ministry that handles North Korea affairs.