SEOUL, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sunday agreed to hold working-level talks with South Korea on Aug. 23 to discuss the reunion of families separated by the Korean War (1950-53), but disagreed on venue, according to Yonhap News Agency.
DPRK proposed that the talks on reunion of separated families should be held on Mount Kumgang instead of Panmunjom and also suggested to hold working-level talks on resumption of Mount Kumgang tours on August 22, Yonhap cited statement of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea as saying.
In response, spokesman of South Korean Ministry of Unification told a briefing that "South Korean government thinks positively of DPRK accepting our talks offer on reunion of separated families."
"But we propose the inter-Korean Red Cross working-level talks on family reunions to be held at the Peace House on the South Korean side of the border village of Panmunjom," he added.
However the spokesman didn't give a clear answer to the DPRK's talks offer on resumption of Mount Kumgang tours on August 22. " South Korean government will announce its stance later after discussing it," he told reporters.
South Korea on Friday proposed holding inter-korean talks on family reunion on Aug. 23 at Panmunjom, where the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement was signed.
This proposal came a day after South Korean President Park Geun- hye called for such talks in her speech marking the country's National Liberation Day. She said that she hoped the DPRK will be able to work together to make the reunion of the separated families possible around the time of the upcoming Chuseok holidays.
Chuseok is one of the most important traditional festivals in South Korea.
SEOUL, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye proposed Thursday to hold reunions for families separated due to the 1950-53 Korean War and establish a peace park in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), according to Yonhap News Agency.
Park made the call during her speech on the country's National Liberation Day marking the end of Japan's colonial rule on the Korean peninsula in 1945. Full story