PYONGYANG, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sunday agreed to hold Red Cross working-level talks on Aug. 23, and accepted South Korea's proposal to arrange the reunion of families separated by the Korean War, according to the official KCNA news agency.
The DPRK also proposed talks on resumption of Mt. Kumgang tours on Aug. 22, a spokesman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) said in a statement carried by KCNA.
The talks "shall discuss package issues of the South side's concern, including the issue of preventing the recurrence of the tourist case, the issue of ensuring personal safety and the issue of property," said the statement.
It said the resumption of the tours to Mt. Kumgang following the normalization of the Kaesong Industrial Zone will bring bigger joy to all the Koreans, and beneficial to improving relations between the two sides.
According to the statement, the reunion of separated families and their relatives shall be made in Mt. Kumgang resort on the occasion of the upcoming Harvest Moon Day and their video meetings be made timed for the anniversary of the Oct. 4 declaration.
"Now is the time for both sides to make joint efforts for the improvement of the north-south ties and peace and common prosperity on the Korean Peninsula," it added.
The DPRK and South Korea reached a five-point agreement on Kaesong Industrial Zone on Wednesday after the seventh round of working-level talks.
South Korea's Ministry of Unification on Friday proposed to hold Red Cross meetings on Aug. 23 at the border village of Panmunjom, where the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement was signed.
The proposal came a day after South Korean President Park Geun-hye's call in her speech on the country's National Liberation Day.
She said that she hoped DPRK would be able to work together to make the reunion of the separated families possible around the time of the upcoming Chuseok festival, also known as the Harvest Moon or Mid-autumn festival.