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North Korea has broken its week-long silence on the issue of family reunions by suggesting that North and South Red Cross delegations meet at Panmunjom on February 5th and 6th to discuss the matter further.
The suggestion was conveyed through the Panmunjom line, Ministry of Unification spokesperson Kim Eui Do announced on the 3rd.
The spokesperson added, "Even though it is belated, we welcome the North's response and after internal discussion we will notify the North within a day as to the date for the working-level talks."
Moreover, the South Korean government would “do its utmost” to ensure that the reunions take place as soon as possible out of consideration for the elderly applicants hoping to be reunited with their long-lost relatives.
Past reunions have required two weeks of advance preparation, fueling concern that even if the working-level talks take place on the 5th the event itself may not kick off until mid-February.
South Korea proposed on the 27th that a fresh round of separated family reunions take place over a five-day period from February 17th to the 22nd at the Mt. Geumgang tourist resort in North Korea's Gangwon Province.