【North Korea】 N. Korea Accepts Seoul's Offer for Talks on Family Reunions

North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un (right) waves to crowds below him with Chinese envoy Li Yuancho (left)
North Korea has accepted South Korea's proposal to hold talks on arranging inter-Korean family reunions.

The North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland issued a spokesman’s statement on sunday, saying the reunions of separated families shall be held on the occasion of the Chuseok thanksgiving holiday next month.

The committee also suggested video conferences for the separated families to mark the anniversary of the October 4th Inter-Korean declaration.

While accepting Seoul’ offer to hold preliminary working-level talks on Friday, the North counter proposed an alternate venue for the meeting at the Mount Geumgang resort instead of the truce village of Panmunjeom.

The North’s counterproposal came along with another offer for a separate working-level meeting at the scenic mountain resort Thursday on the issue of resuming South Korea’s tour program to the area.

The South’s tour to Mount Geumgang in the North has been suspended since the shooting death of a South Korean tourist in 2008.

Seoul’s Unification Ministry is yet to respond to Pyongyang’s counteroffer to South Korean President Park Geun-hye's initial proposal for family reunions during her Independence Day speech on Thursday.

In the South alone, more than 73-thousand people have put their names on the government’s waiting list in a bid to meet their families in the North through inter-Korean reunions. Most of them are older than 70-years old.

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