Reunions scheduled for end of October
Under the agreement, 100 relatives will be chosen from each side for reunions after more than 60 years of separation.
The agreement to resume the emotional events, which were last held in February 2014, further raised expectations for improvement in inter-Korean relations after a six-point agreement was reached between the two sides on Aug. 25, which defused tensions that could have led to a direct military clash along the border.
The two Koreas also agreed to hold additional talks on issues related to the reunions, such as holding them on a regular basis, according to Lee Duck-haeng, chief of the three-member delegation from the South that took part in the negotiations.
Mt. Kumgang, which is in North Korean territory, has a resort built by South Korea that has a dedicated reunion facility. South Korean tours to Mt. Kumgang were halted in July 2008 after a South Korean tourist was fatally shot by a North Korean guard for still unknown reasons. North Korea has been eager for the tours to resume because of the foreign exchange they earn the regime.
BY KANG JIN-KYU [email@example.com]