Rival Koreas discuss resuming family reunions

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea -- Red Cross delegates from the rival North and South Koreas have begun talks on holding reunions of families separated since the Korean War ended in the early 1950s.

Wednesday's meeting was arranged after North Korea last month agreed to resume the humanitarian reunion program that has been stalled since late 2010.

South Korea has proposed the reunions to take place later this month but North Korea hasn't responded.

Seoul's Unification Ministry said the three-member Red Cross delegations from the Koreas are meeting at a border village but didn't elaborate.

North Korea has recently ratcheted down its typical harsh rhetoric against South Korea and called for better ties between the countries. Analysts said Pyongyang needs improved ties with Seoul to help lure foreign investment and aid. (AP)

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