North and South Korea to reunite families for first time in 50 years

North and South Korea have agree to hold a family reunion for relatives split apart after the 1950-1953 war.

North and South Korea to reunite families for first time in 50 years

World Bulletin / News Desk

In an important step to improve relations between Pyongyang and Seoul, North and South Korea agreed to hold reunions for families separated after the Korean War.

Should the reunion take place this month, it will be the first time relatives will be reunited since the 1950-1953 war led to the split of the country. However, reunions have been planned before only to be cancelled by the North after perceived provocations from the South.

The last reunions was planned for September before it was cancelled, and with a South Korean-US joint military drill scheduled in the upcoming weeks, many fear this reunion will also be cancelled as the North has already called on the South to cancel it.

According to the BBC, it is estimated that there are about 72,000 South Koreans - nearly half of them aged over 80 - on the waiting list for a chance to join the family reunion events. However, only a few hundred participants are selected each time and most do not know whether their relatives are still alive, as mail, phone calls and emails are also prohibited.

Last Mod: 05 Şubat 2014, 14:16
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