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South Korean officials leave for family reunion talks with North Korea

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 - 00:50

Aug. 23 - South Korean delegation departs for a working level discussions with North Korea on reuniting families separated during the Korean war. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A South Korean delegation left for the truce village Panmunjom on Friday (August 23) to hold working-level discussions with its North Korea counterparts on the reunions of families separated during the Korean War. North Korea said on Sunday (August 18) it had accepted South Korea's offer to hold working-level talks on resuming family reunions. "Family reunion is a humanitarian issue that the government has to deal with urgently. We will do our best at the discussions to reduce the pain of separated families," said the head of South Korean delegation Lee Duk-haeng in Seoul before his departure. Three South Korean delegates led by Lee crossed the Unification Bridge near the border to enter the truce village. The South Korean side of Panmunjom is a venue for the talks. Pyongyang and Seoul hope to agree details of the reunions, including dates and venue through the discussion. If the token and highly choreographed reunions are held, they would be the first in nearly three years, with grieving family members falling in number due to old age. Both Koreas are still technically at war after their 1950-53 civil conflict ended in a truce and not a treaty.

South Korean officials leave for family reunion talks with North Korea

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 - 00:50

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