News / Asia

North Korea Postpones Family Reunions With the South

South Korean applicants check their names of candidates who were to be allowed to meet their North Korean relatives in family reunions at the headquarters of Korea Red Cross in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 24, 2013.South Korean applicants check their names of candidates who were to be allowed to meet their North Korean relatives in family reunions at the headquarters of Korea Red Cross in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 24, 2013.
x
South Korean applicants check their names of candidates who were to be allowed to meet their North Korean relatives in family reunions at the headquarters of Korea Red Cross in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 24, 2013.
South Korean applicants check their names of candidates who were to be allowed to meet their North Korean relatives in family reunions at the headquarters of Korea Red Cross in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 24, 2013.
VOA News
North Korea has postponed next week's reunions of families separated by the 1950s Korean War because of what it perceives as hostile positions of the South.

The official Korean Central News Agency on Saturday quoted officials saying the meetings will not take place until "there can be a normal atmosphere where dialogue and negotiations can be held."

The paper, which reflects government positions, blamed unidentified South Korean conservatives for abusing inter-Korean relations. It also slammed Seoul for recent joint military drills with the United States.

South Korea's Unification Ministry said it is "very regretful" that the North decided to cancel the family reunions for "political reasons," saying the decision has "broken the hearts" of families separated by war.

The six days of reunions were scheduled to begin next Wednesday at the North's Mount Kumgang resort village. Under a deal reached last month, about 100 people from each side were to attend.

The reunions were suspended three years ago after North Korea shelled a South Korean border island. The reunion program began in 2000, following a historic inter-Korean summit.

The North's postponement comes amid a reduction in tensions between the two foes, which are still technically in a state of war since their 1950-'53 conflict ended in a truce and not a treaty.

Earlier this week, the two sides re-opened a symbolically important joint factory just north of the border. The Kaesong industrial complex had been shut down by the North since April amid heightened tensions that followed the North's third nuclear test.

You May Like

Multimedia Social Media Documenting, Not Driving, Hong Kong Protests

Unlike in Arab Spring uprisings, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong aren't relying on Twitter and Facebook to organize, but social media still plays a role More

Analysis: Occupy Central Not Exactly Hong Kong’s Tiananmen

VOA's former Hong Kong, Beijing correspondent compares and contrasts 1989 Tiananmen Square protest with what is now happening in Hong Kong More

Bambari Hospital a Lone Place of Help in Violence-Plagued CAR

Only establishment still functioning in CAR's second city is main hospital More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
The Legacy of Jimmy Carter: The Preacher from Plainsi
X
October 01, 2014 10:45 AM
It is common in the United States to see tourists flock to sites associated with America's presidents. Some are privately owned and others are run by the National Park Service or the National Archives -- but most have helped draw business and people into the towns and cities where they are located. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there is one particular presidential hometown that is unique in what it has to offer those who make the trip.
Video

Video The Legacy of Jimmy Carter: The Preacher from Plains

It is common in the United States to see tourists flock to sites associated with America's presidents. Some are privately owned and others are run by the National Park Service or the National Archives -- but most have helped draw business and people into the towns and cities where they are located. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there is one particular presidential hometown that is unique in what it has to offer those who make the trip.
Video

Video Hong Kong Protests Draw New Supporters on National Holiday

On the 65th anniversary of the founding of Communist China, Hong Kong protesters are hoping to stage the largest pro-democracy demonstration since the 1989 Tiananmen protests. VOA's Brian Padden visited one of the protest sites mid-day, when the atmosphere was calm and where the supporters were enthusiastic about joining what they are calling the umbrella revolution.
Video

Video India's PM Continues First US Visit

India's prime minister is on his first visit to Washington, to strengthen political and economic ties between the world's oldest and the world biggest democracies. He came to the U.S. capital from New York, the first stop on his five-day visit to the country that denied him an entry visa in the past. From Washington, Zlatica Hoke reports Modi seemed most focused on attracting foreign investment and trade to increase job opportunities for his people.
Video

Video Malaysia Struggles to Stop People Joining Jihad

Malaysian authorities say militant groups like the so-called "Islamic State" have used social media to entice at least three dozen Malaysian Muslims to fight in what they call "jihad" in Syria and Iraq. As Mahi Ramkrishnan reports from Kuala Lumpur, counterterrorism police are deeply worried about what could happen when these militants return home.
Video

Video Could US Have Done More to Stop Rise of Islamic State?

President Obama says airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria will likely continue for some time because, in his words, "there is a cancer that has grown for too long." So what if President Obama had acted sooner in Syria to arm more-moderate opponents of both the Islamic State and the Syrian government? VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the United Nations.
Video

Video Treasure Hunters Seek 'Hidden Treasure' in Central Kenya

Could a cave in a small village in central Kenya be the site of buried treasure? A rumor of riches, left behind by colonialists, has some residents dreaming of wealth, while others see it as a dangerous hoax. VOA's Gabe Joselow has the story.
Video

Video Ebola Patients Find No Treatment at Sierra Leone Holding Center

At a holding facility in Makeni, central Sierra Leone, dozens of sick people sit on the floor in an empty university building. They wait in filthy conditions. It's a 16-hour drive by ambulance to Kailahun Ebola treatment center. Adam Bailes was there and reports on what he says are some of the worst situations he has seen since the beginning of this Ebola outbreak. And he says it appears case numbers may already be far worse than authorities acknowledge.
Video

Video Identifying Bodies Found in Texas Border Region

Thousands of immigrants have died after crossing the border from Mexico into remote areas of the southwestern United States in recent years. Local officials in south Texas alone have found hundreds of unidentified bodies and buried them in mass graves in local cemeteries. Now an anthropologist and her students at Baylor University have been exhuming bodies and looking for clues to identify them. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Waco, Texas.
Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.

AppleAndroid