North and South Korea war-divided family reunions in jeopardy

Associated Press
In this photo released by the South Korean Unification Ministry, South Korean chief delegate Kim Kyou-hyun, right, welcomes his North Korean counterpart Won Tong Yon upon arrival at the border village of Panumjom, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. The rival Koreas sat down Friday for a second round of talks this week at a border village as the North's calls for a delay of annual South Korea-U.S. military drills threaten plans for the resumption of emotional reunions of war-divided families. (AP Photo/South Korean Unification Ministry)

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North and South Korea agreed on Friday to proceed with reunions of families separated by the Korean War despite an earlier North Korean demand that they could only go ahead if the South postponed military exercises with the United States.

The agreement clearly represented a concession by the North, which has made unpredictable diplomatic moves over the past month. The North had proposed the reunions, but then threatened to withdraw consent over a sortie by a U.S. B52 bomber.

(AP)
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