08/21/2018, 10.25
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Seoul: regularize meetings between separated families

The climate of detente between the two Koreas continues. The head of the South Korean Red Cross will go to the North: to cooperate on humanitarian issues. Positive signals also from Washington: Trump says he could meet again with Kim Jong-un.

Seoul (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Making "regular" meetings between families separated by the Korean War (1950-53), to overcome the humanitarian difficulties created by decades of separation. This is the goal of Seoul, reported today by the Ministry of Unification. Since yesterday, 89 members of separated families from the South are meeting with their relatives from the North on Mount Kumgang. Between August 24 and 26, 83 North Koreans will meet with their Southern relatives.

The new family reunifications are part of the positive signs of rapprochement between the two Koreas, many of which were agreed in April in the Panmunjom Declaration. The two countries have re-established military contacts, are working to open a joint office in Kaesong (North Korea, near the border with the South), have undertaken cooperation initiatives for infrastructure, and are aiming for a new summit, next month. Furthermore, in September, the head of the South Korean Red Cross will visit the North to discuss inter-Korean cooperation on humanitarian issues.

Even US President Donald Trump announced yesterday that he could soon meet again with Kim Jong-un.

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