Both Koreas agree to resume reunion dialogue

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Seoul, Feb 9: Geographical borders can separate national identities but relations of blood on either side of the frontiers always long for the warmth of reunion. After a proposal by North Korea people from North and South Korea can for once more dream of being united with relatives who were estranged due to the geographical division of the Korean Peninsula.

On Feb 9, South Korea has said that it has accepted a proposal from North Korea to have dialogue on reuniting families that were separated in the Korean War of 1950-53.

A unification ministry official told a press briefing in Seoul, "The South Korean government agrees with North Korea that humanitarian issues including family reunions should be discussed."

After the spurt in tensions between the two countries due to North's shelling of an island in South Korea, these are visible signs of reconciliation. The incidents then had sparked fears of a war in the region which is crucial to the world economy.

The USA and China are also believed to have pressurised the two countries to shed the war rhetoric and restart efforts to normalise relations. They have reopened a border hotline and even the prospects of a resumption of the aid-for-disarmament talks.

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