North Korea has agreed to the proposal of South Korea to resume family reunions separated since the 1950-1953 war, Pyongyang official media reported.
Resumption of family reunions
The reunions will happen in a North Korean tourist resort in September.
South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye called for resumption of the reunions, which was last held in 2010.
Her proposal was followed by a deal to reopen a joint industrial plant, the latest move in the easing of tensions between the two countries.
The recent statement about reunions came from the North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea.
It said, “The reunion of separated families and their relatives shall be made in Mt.Kumgang resort on the occasion of the upcoming Harvest Moon Day.”
‘Help correct wrong practices’
Discussion will be held between Red Cross officials from both countries at Mt.Kumgang to prepare for the reunions.
Many families were separated during the Korean War by dividing of the peninsula.
The two sides stay technically at war, because the issues ended in an armistice and not a peace agreement.
The statement of North Korea also means resumption of tourist trips to Mt.Kumgang.
After the agreement, President Park said, “I hope this agreement will help correct wrong practices of the past inter-Korean relations and pave the way for new relations of co-existence.”