SKorea offers talks with NKorea on family reunions

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Posted: Feb 14, 2012 12:19 AM
SKorea offers talks with NKorea on family reunions

South Korea is offering to hold Red Cross talks with North Korea on reuniting families separated by the Korean War.

Tuesday's proposal comes after South Korea last week proposed talks on preserving a historic North Korean site and allowed lawmakers to visit a North Korean border city.

Seoul's Red Cross chief Yu Jung-keun told reporters her side wants to hold talks next week.

The Koreas last held family reunions in November 2010. Their relations plunged later that month after the North bombarded a front-line South Korean island. The Korean peninsula remains technically at war after the 1950's conflict ended in a truce.

The talks would come amid the leadership transition taking place in the North following the death of leader Kim Jong Il in December.