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North Korea has rejected the South's suggestion to hold working-level talks to hash out a more permanent solution to the issue of separated families.
The Ministry of Unification announced today it had received a message bearing the name of the chairman of the Chosun Red Cross Central Committee that stated, "Currently, an environment and atmosphere conducive for talks regarding family reunions between the North and South Red Cross delegations cannot be fostered."
"Considering inter-Korean relations, grave humanitarian issues like the regularization of reunions for separated families are not issues to be solved through the Red Cross. Let's tackle humanitarian issues in a humanitarian way," the message concluded.