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North, South Korea to Hold Talks on Family Reunions

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FILE - South Korean mother Kim Rye-jung, 96, right, kisses her North Korean daughter Woo Jung Hye during the Separated Family Reunion Meeting at Diamond Mountain in North Korea.
South Korean officials said North Korea has accepted an offer to meet this week to discuss the reunification of families separated by the Korean War six decades ago.

On Monday, Pyongyang offered to attend talks on Wednesday or Thursday in the truce village of Panmunjom.

A South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman told reporters Monday that Seoul would work to hold the reunions as soon as possible.

Inter-Korean family reunions have not taken place in more than three years because of tensions on the peninsula. Last year, Pyongyang abruptly canceled reunions just days before they were scheduled to take place.

Millions of Koreans were separated by the Korean War, which ended with a 1953 armistice, not a peace treaty.