Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hot News : Rival Koreas Agree on Reunion Talks as Mood Improve

South Korea said on Wednesday it had accepted a proposal by the rival North to hold talks on reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, in another sign of easing tensions on the divided peninsula.The announcement came on the second day of military talks about two deadly attacks last year that killed 50 South Koreans.

"The South Korean government agrees with North Korea that humanitarian issues including family reunions should be discussed," a unification ministry official told a news briefing in Seoul.Over the past decade, more than 20,000 South Koreans have been briefly reunited with relatives, but time is running out for many of the ageing 80,000 still awaiting their chance.

MILITARY TALKS : Separately, colonels from the two Koreas met again at their heavily fortified border on Wednesday, a day after they argued over procedural matters to set up a higher level meeting.

The South demanded that North Korea take responsibility for the sinking of one of its warship last March and the shelling of Yeonpyeong island, and promise not to "provoke" the South again.

Hot News : Rival Koreas Agree on Reunion Talks as Mood Improve

The North has said it wants to return to the broader negotiations, but Seoul and Washington have questioned its sincerity about denuclearising - pointing to its revelations last November about a uranium enrichment programme.

The two Koreas are still technically at war, because an armistice, not a treaty, ended their 1950-53 civil conflict.

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