South Korea proposes family reunion talks with North

Seoul, Aug 28 (IANS) South Korea on Friday proposed working-level talks with North Korea on September 7 to discuss the reunion of families separated in the 1950-1953 Korean war, the unification ministry said.

The talks were suggested to be held at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas, ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee said.

The reunion was expected to be held during the upcoming Chuseok holiday that falls in September, Xinhua news agency reported.

Millions of Koreans have been separated for six decades as the Korean war ended in a 1953 armistice. The last family reunion was held at North Korea’s mountain resort of Kumgang in February 2014.

The move came days after Koreas agreed on Tuesday to defuse tensions on the Korean Peninsula following a 43-hour marathon dialogue.

Pyongyang expressed regrets over a landmine blast which injured two South Korean soldiers on August 4.

The incident escalated the inter-Korean tensions into a crisis that militaries of the two countries were put on the highest alert.

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