North Korea agrees to hold talks on family reunions

10:50 PM, Feb 2, 2014   |    comments
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea says North Korea has agreed to hold talks to discuss arranging reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

North Korea last month agreed to restart the reunions for the first time in more than three years and asked South Korea to pick the date. Seoul subsequently chose Feb. 17-22 and proposed working-level talks to discuss details about the reunions but Pyongyang hadn't responded for a week.

Seoul's Unification Ministry says North Korea on Monday proposed the talks take place either on Wednesday or Thursday at a border village and let South Korea choose the date.

Pyongyang has recently toned down its typical rhetoric against Seoul and made a series of conciliatory gestures. Last spring, the country dramatically raised tension by issuing threats to launch nuclear wars.

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