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Two Koreas agree to hold family reunions as scheduled

English.news.cn   2014-02-14 17:44:42
SOUTH KOREA-PANMUNJOM-FAMILY REUNIONS
Head of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s high-level delegation Won Tong Yon (L) shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart Kim Kyou-hyun at the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea, on Feb. 14, 2014. South Korea and the DPRK agreed Friday to hold the family reunions from Feb. 20 to 25 as scheduled, South Korean chief delegate of the inter-Korean high-level talks told a press conference. (Xinhua)

PYONGYANG, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and South Korea had agreed to hold reunions of families separated by the 1950-1953 Korean War as scheduled from Feb. 20 to 25, the official news agency KCNA reported Friday.

Following the second round of high-level inter-governmental talks, both sides also agreed to stop making slanderous remarks against each other and boost mutual confidence, the KCNA quoted a brief joint statement as saying.

They agreed to hold another round of high-level inter-governmental talks at a later date and make continuous efforts to improve their relations, according to the statement.

The second round of high-level inter-governmental talks started Friday at the border village of Panmunjom, two days after the first dialogue ended without any specific agreement.

The DPRK delegation was led by Won Dong Yon, deputy head of the United Front Department of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea. South Korea's chief delegate was Kim Kyou-hyun, deputy director of the presidential national security office.

The two rounds of high-level talks have become the first such talks held since May 2007. Pyongyang initiated the resumption, seeking to prove its sincerity with action toward improved ties with its southern neighbor.

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Two Koreas end senior-level talks

SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) wrapped up talks between high- ranking officials after a three-hour meeting, Seoul's Unification Ministry said Friday.

Delegates from the two Koreas met around 10 a.m. local time at the border village of Panmunjeom to resume the senior-level talks, two days after the first round of such dialogue ended without any tangible agreement. Full story

S.Korea to send advance team to DPRK for family reunion

SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- South Korea will send an advance team to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Saturday to prepare for the agreed family reunion event scheduled to begin next week, Seoul's Unification Ministry said Friday.

Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Eui-do told a press briefing that a forward team composed of 15 officials will be dispatched to the scenic resort of Mount Kumgang on Saturday to exchange the final list of participants in the reunion and adjust detailed schedules. Full sotry

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