LAST_UPDATEWed, 18 Jul 2018 11pm

S. Korea, N. Korea Start Talks On Reunion Of Separated Families

SEOUL -- Officials from South Korea and North Korea on Friday held talks on humanitarian issues, including the reunion of families separated by the inter-Korean border, Xinhua news agency reported.

The South Korean Ministry of Unification said the delegations from the two sides began the talks at 10 am local time at a hotel in North Korea's scenic mountain resort of Kumgang.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean top  leader Kim Jong Un agreed to hold the reunion on Aug 15.

Should the reunion is held on Aug 15, it will mark the 73rd anniversary of the Korean Peninsula's liberation from Japanese colonial rule, and would be the first such event since Oct 2015.

Other discussions were to resolve humanitarian issues including whether all the separated families are alive, exchange of letters, and visits by the families to their home towns.