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ROK, DPRK agree to hold family reunion in late October

Xinhua | Updated: 2015-09-08 11:07

ROK, DPRK agree to hold family reunion in late October

Kim Tae-un (C), 78, from the DPRK and her South Korean sisters Kim Sa-bun (L) and Kim Young-sun cry as they hug each other during their family reunion at the Mount Kumgang resort in DPRK, Feb 23, 2014. [Photo/Agencies]

SEOUL - South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) agreed Tuesday to hold the reunion of Korean families, separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, late next month in the DPRK's Mount Kumgang resort, Seoul's unification ministry said.

The first family reunion in more than one and a half years will be held at the gathering center in the scenic resort of Mount Kumgang, located in southeastern DPRK, from Oct. 20 to Oct. 26, the ministry said in a statement.

About 100 people each from the two Koreas would meet their long- lost relatives during the upcoming event, the first since February 2014 when the last family reunion was held in Mount Kumgang on a similar scale.

The two Koreas also agreed to hold another Red Cross talks at an early date to discuss future family reunions and other issues of mutual concern.

The agreement came after more than 23 hours of marathon talks. The working-level Red Cross contact ended at 10:10 a.m. Tuesday ( 0110 GMT) after kicking off at 10:50 a.m. Monday.

It was unusually prolonged as the working-level Red Cross contact in February 2014 ended in about four hours.

The Red Cross talks for family reunion came after top military officials of the two Koreas agreed late August to defuse tensions caused by the exchange of fire and landmine blast. The senior- level talks had also lasted for more than 40 hours.

The top-level military dialogue had agreed to hold the meeting for family reunion, while promising to hold inter-governmental talks to improve inter-Korean relations.

During the Red Cross contact, the two sides focused mainly on the timing and venue for the reunion event, and differences emerged over when to hold it.

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