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S. Korea Announces List of Potential Family Reunion Candidates

South Korean applicants check their names of candidates, who will be allowed to meet their North Korean relatives in upcoming family reunions, at the headquarters of Korea Red Cross in Seoul, Aug. 24, 2013.
South Korea's Red Cross has announced a list of 500 potential candidates for family reunions next month in North Korea between relatives separated by the Korean War.

The announcement on Saturday came after the two sides agreed in a meeting on Friday to hold reunions from September 25 through 30 at the Mount Kumgang resort in North Korea, with 100 people on each side attending the gathering.

South Korean Red Cross chief Ko Kyung-Suk said the list will be trimmed down after interviews, medical checks and determining whether relatives are still alive in the North.

The Kumgang 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.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.