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South Korea team arrives in North over reunions

Iran Press TV

Fri Feb 7, 2014 10:11AM GMT

A team of South Korean officials has arrived in the North in preparation for the planned reunion of separated families, a report says.

The two neighbors agreed on February 5 to hold the reunions at Mount Kumgang, which is a resort on North Korea's east coast, between February 20 and 25. The following day, they exchanged the lists of the families, which are set to meet with their relatives.

Citing South Korea's Unification Ministry, the country's Yonhap news agency reported on Friday that the 64-member group entered North Korea via the border office on the east coast and headed to the venue at the Mount Kumgang resort.

The officials are set to discuss the schedules of the upcoming meetings with their Northern counterparts and do repair work if needed on facilities, the report further said.

"We are going to strive to fully prepare for the events by checking and repairing facilities so the elderly can conveniently meet their loved ones," Park Geuk, a Red Cross official in Seoul said.

Earlier on Friday South Korea's President Park Geun-hye called on North Korea not to cancel the reunion plan.

She made the comments a day after Pyongyang warned that unless Seoul cancels scheduled military drills with the US, it would reconsider plans with the South to resume the reunions for divided families.

North Korea says annual military drills between South Korea and the United States, expected to be held later this month, are a rehearsal for invasion.

Millions of people were separated as a result of the Korean War, which started in 1950 and lasted for three years.

The reunion program started in 2000, following a landmark inter-Korean summit, but has been halted since 2010.


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