SEOUL, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- South Korea on Wednesday repeated its call for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to hold the reunion of families separated by the Korean War (1950-53).
Seoul and Pyongyang originally planned to hold the family reunion event for six days from Wednesday in the DPRK's Mount Kumgang resort, but Pyongyang unilaterally announced its decision to delay the event until normal atmosphere is created for dialogue between the two Koreas.
"North Korea (DPRK) should first rescind its unilateral decision to delay the event," Kim Eui-do, Seoul's Unification Ministry spokesman, told a press briefing.
Kim said that South Korea would monitor the DPRK's response for the time being, but the spokesman noted that Seoul may take measures, if necessary. He declined to identify what action Seoul would take to encourage the DPRK to hold the family reunion.
The Kaesong industrial complex, which was reopened last Monday, have been normally operating on Wednesday, with 359 South Korean businessmen departing for the joint industrial zone in the DPRK's border town of Kaesong, the spokesman said.
The jointly operating factory park, where 123 South Korean companies run factories, was restarted last week after a five- month suspension arising from the DPRK's unilateral withdrawal of its workers in protest against the joint military drill between Seoul and Washington.