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North Korea

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a country in East Asia, located in the northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering South Korea and China. Its capital, Pyongyang, is the country's largest city by both land area and population. It is a single-party state led by the Korean Workers' Party (KWP), and governed by Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un since 2012. It has a population of 24,052,231 (UN-assisted DPRK census 2008) made up of Koreans and a smaller Chinese minority. Japan 'opened' Korea in 1876 and annexed it in 1910. The Republic of Korea (ROK) was founded with US support in the south in August 1948 and the Soviet-backed Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the north in September that year. 


North Korea rejects talks with South on family reunions

Pyongyang says "proper atmosphere" has not been created to discuss the issue

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 March, 2014, 11:27am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 March, 2014, 5:32pm

 North Korea has rejected a formal request from South Korea for talks next week on holding further reunions for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said.

The North’s negative response came as a recent upswing in cross-border ties has been soured by South Korea-US military drills and a series of North Korean rocket and missile tests.

The North said “the proper atmosphere has not been created to discuss family reunions”, the Unification Ministry said in a statement.

Seoul had sent its request on Wednesday, proposing a meeting on March 12 at the border truce village of Panmunjom.

The Unification Ministry had called on Pyongyang to respond quickly and positively in view of the “pain and suffering” experienced by the separated families.

The initiative came a week after the two Koreas wrapped up the first such family reunion for more than three years held at a mountain resort in North Korea from February 20 to February 25.

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Tuesday called for reunions to be held on a regular basis and for separated families to be allowed more ways to communicate, including by mail and video conferencing.

Because the 1950-53 conflict ended with a ceasefire rather than a peace treaty, the two countries remain technically at war and there is almost no direct contact permitted between their civilian populations.

Millions of Koreans were separated from their families by the war and the vast majority have since died without having any communication at all with surviving relatives.

Some 71,000, mostly aged over 70, are still alive and wait-listed for the reunion events, for which only about 100 from each side are allowed to join each time.

The reunion programme began in earnest after a historic North-South summit in 2000, but it has constantly been hampered by volatility in cross-border relations.


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