PYONGYANG, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Saturday it would postpone the inter-Korean reunion for families separated since the 1950-53 Korean War, the official KCNA news agency reported.
The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said in a statement that the program, originally planned to start on Sept. 25, can only be resumed till "a normal atmosphere is created for dialogue and negotiations."
A six-day meeting in DPRK's resort of Mt. Kumgang between families divided for six decades would have been the first reunion program in nearly three years.
The reunion program had been suspended after the DPRK's shelling of a South Korean border island in November 2010.
The DPRK slammed South Korea for "abusing dialogues and negotiations as means for confrontation."
In late August, the two sides agreed to hold the family reunion, and exchanged the final lists of participants on Sept. 16.
The committee also said the DPRK would put off the working-level dialogue with South Korea, slated for Oct. 2, to discuss the resumption of tour to Mt. Kumgang.
The Mt. Kumgang tour, launched in 1998, was halted in 2008 when a South Korean female tourist was shot dead by a DPRK solider for apparently venturing into an off-limit area.
Pyongyang said Seoul had denounced the Mt. Kumgang tour as "purse strings" of the DPRK, noting the improved inter-Korean relations were touted by Seoul as the result of South Korea's coherent DPRK policy and the so-called trust-building process.
SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- South Korea denounced the unilateral delay by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea ( DPRK) of the reunion of families separated by the Korean War (1950- 53), saying it was an act against humanity.
"It is deeply regrettable that North Korea (DPRK) unilaterally delays the family reunion, which has been prepared as a sheer humanitarian event to cure the biggest pain of our people, just four days before the event," Kim Eyi Do, Seoul's Unification Ministry spokesman, told an emergency press briefing. Full story
SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Saturday that it will delay the reunion of families separated by the Korean War (1950-53) until atmosphere is ripe for dialogue with South Korea, according to local media reports.
The DPRK's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency that it will postpone the scheduled reunion of separated families "until normal atmosphere is created" for Seoul and Pyongyang to be able to hold dialogue and negotiations. Full story