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(3rd LD) N. Korea rejects S. Korea's offer of holding family reunions

2014/01/09 17:53

By Kim Kwang-tae

SEOUL, Jan. 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Thursday rejected South Korea's proposal to hold reunions of families separated after the Korean War, but hinted that reunions may take place in "a good season."

   The North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland said the North could not hold reunions around the Lunar New Year, citing recent military drills in South Korea and its separate joint military exercises with the United States scheduled for between late February and late April.

"Can the separated families and relatives have reunions in peace amid gunfire?" the committee handling inter-Korean affairs said in a message to South Korea's unification ministry.

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