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    » 09/24/2010, 00.00

    KOREA

    No deal on family reunions

    Joseph Yun Li-sun

    Seoul and Pyongyang plan a new meeting on the issue, but the programme has not yet been re-started. South Korea announces new joint naval exercises with the United States.

    Kaesong (AsiaNews) – Red Cross officials from the two Koreas met this morning for a second time (the first time was last week) to discuss holding another round of reunions between members of families separated by the Korean War (1950-1953). However, they have not yet agreed on a date or a place for the reunions. Meanwhile, South Korea announced more joint naval exercises with the United States in a show of force for North Korea’s benefit.

    Family reunions entail bringing together relatives divided by the armistice line in a single location to meet for one or more days. Former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung had launched the idea as part of his ‘sunshine’ policy of intra-Korean rapprochement.

    After a hiatus of two years following the election of conservative Lee Myung-bak to the post of president of South Korea, reunions re-started in September 2009. However, the sinking of the ROKS Cheonan by North Korea, which killed 43 sailors, and joint US-South Korean naval exercises are putting at risk the entire programme.

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    See also

    09/07/2010 KOREA – UNITED NATIONS
    UN to condemn Cheonan sinking, not Pyongyang
    The Security Council is set to vote on a US-drafted statement that “deplores the loss of life” on the sunken ROKS corvette, but does not accuse North Korea. Seoul reacts confirming naval drill with the United States.

    26/03/2008 KOREA
    Stop to North-South family reunions
    For “technical reasons” Pyongyang blocks scheduled family reunions, puts off the inauguration of the permanent centre that would give families divided since the civil war a chance to meet.

    05/08/2010 KOREA
    Seoul begins biggest-ever anti-submarine exercises, Pyongyang threatens reprisals
    More than 4,500 troops will be involved near the maritime border with the North. Pyongyang calls the drill a “direct military invasion” and will respond. Seoul warns, “We will not tolerate any kind of provocations”.

    30/07/2010 KOREA – UNITED STATES
    Third round of talks between the United Nations and North Korea over ROKS Cheonan
    The US-led UN Command that oversees the 1953 armistice met North Korean military officers in the DMZ. The sinking of a NOKS corvette that killed 46 South Korean sailors is still unsolved.

    16/07/2014 KOREA - UNITED STATES
    US-South Korean naval war games start
    Five-day US-South Korean naval exercises being in South Korean territorial waters. Pyongyang reacts by protesting, calling for the drill's cancellation, whilst continuing to fire projectiles into the sea. Meanwhile, the two Koreas are, asks to cancel the event and continues to fire short-range missiles. Meanwhile, the two Koreas organise joint meet to prepare for Asian Games in Incheon.



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