Korean family reunited after over three years of separation
Monday, August 19, 2013
An agreement has been reached between theand governments to reunite families separated by over 60 years ago.
In an official report by themedia, the reunions are set to take place at a North Korean tourist resort on the 19th September. This agreement came after joint plans between the two states were announced to reopen the , which saw North Korea withdraw it’s 50,000 workers in April in protest against the increase in sanctions.
In a statement following the deal, South Koreanwas hopeful that this agreement could spark a more amicable alliance between the two warring states.
“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,” stated President Park.
Families who were divided by thebetween 1950-53 have only been granted opportunities for reunion since 2000, with the last meeting being scheduled in 2010. Due to the lack of direct mail and telephone lines connecting the North and South, over 80,000 South Koreans registered to take part in the previous reunion however not all were accepted into program.
The North and the South of Korea are still technically at war.
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