SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- South Korea on Saturday denounced the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s unilateral delay of the planned reunion of families separated by the Korean War (1950-53).
"It is deeply regrettable that North Korea (DPRK) unilaterally delays the family reunion just four days before the event," Kim Eyi Do, Seoul's Unification Ministry spokesman, told an emergency press briefing.
Seoul and Pyongyang originally planned to hold the family reunion event for six days from Sept. 25 in DPRK's scenic resort of Mount Kumgang, but the DPRK said earlier that it will postpone the event "until normal atmosphere is created" for the two Koreas to be able to hold dialogue and negotiations.
The highly symbolic event would have been the first reunion in three years for families separated for decades by the Korean War. The reunion program had been suspended after the DPRK's shelling of a South Korean border island in November 2010.