North and South Korea agree on reunions of families separated for more than 50 years

August 28, 2009

(ChattahBox)– North and South Korea have agreed Friday to restart a reunion program for families split since the Korean War ended in 1953, after Red Cross officials from both countries meet for three-day this week to negotiate.   The two countries agreed to arrange meetings for 100 people from each side in North Korea’s scenic Gumgang mountain area from Sept 26 to Oct 1. This move may signal that North Korea is moving towards more conciliatory relations with its neighbor to the South and with Western nations.

North Korea ended the reunions after President Lee Myung-bak took office in South Korea, citing his harsh policies towards North Korea.  The agreement between the two Koreas, may be the harbinger of the closed off Communist nation, emerging from its policies of provoking the U.S. and South Korea, with its nuclear test, missile launching and saber rattling dialogue.  Separately, North Korea told the South that a fishermen detained for almost a month would be freed on Saturday along with their boat, Seoul’s unification ministry reported.


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