S. Korea, DPRK hold another talks over family reunion

12:20, October 01, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

South Korea and the Democratic People ' s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held Friday another round of talks over reuniting families torn asunder by the 1950-53 Korean War.

Red Cross officials from both sides of the border met at 10:07 a.m. local time in the border city of Kaesong, where they are expected to discuss the venue and schedule for the family reunion events, according to Seoul's unification ministry.

"We'll first try to reach an agreement on the venue and on holding the event at an early date," Kim Eyi-do, head of the South Korean delegation, told reporters before crossing the border.

Two previous rounds of talks in September hit a snag as the DPRK demanded South Korea resume tours to its mountain resort, suspended after a shooting death there in 2008 of a South Korean tourist, before it allows Seoul to use facilities there. South Korea sees the two issues separately.

Family reunions were last held in September 2009, the 16th such meetings. More than 80,000 South Koreans are presumed to be waiting for a rare chance for rendezvous with their families north of the border. The talks also come a day after the two sides failed to narrow their difference on the March sinking of a South Korean warship during their first working-level military talks in two years.

Tension has been on the rise on the divided Korean peninsula over the fatal sinking blamed on Pyongyang's torpedo attack, a charge the DPRK vehemently rejects, but observers say recent rounds of talks are hinting at a willingness on the part of both sides to reduce instability on the peninsula.



  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion