Meetings between separated relatives will resume

Head negotiators from North and South Korea agreed today to allow meetings between families separated by the scar of the 39th parallel, but have put off deciding on rice aid until a later date (BBC).

From a Naver article (in Korean) – the construction of a meeting room at Mt. Keumgang, which is in North Korea, will resume March 9, and both nations will resume contact with the Red Cross. Television meetings between relatives are expected to start back up later this month, while face-to-face meetings will happen in the beginning of May at Mt. Keumgang.

It’s interesting that the North only seems kosher with the idea of holding meetings on their side of the fence; there is already the ‘Freedom House’ (picture) on the southern side of the Joint Security Area, constructed for the sole purpose of holding meetings between separated families, that’s sitting empty and unused – I wonder if they’re worried about South Koreans “rescuing” their relatives.

Updated: 03.03.2007

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