S. Korea seeks talks on flooding, reunions

Oct. 12, 2009 at 10:26 AM
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SEOUL, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- South Korean officials say they are proposing talks with North Korea on flood control and reuniting families separated by the Korean War.

Chun Hae-sung, a spokesperson for Seoul's Unification Ministry, indicated Monday the government sent a letter proposing working-level talks this week at the border city of Kaesong, the South Korean Yonhap news agency reported.

Chun said the proposed talks would focus on preventing the flooding of the Imjin River that runs along the western section of the inter-Korean border, specifically on ways to make sure that sudden discharges of dammed waters by the North don't take downstream campers by surprise. Such an incident last month resulted in the deaths of six people in the South, Yonhap said.

Meanwhile, South Korean National Red Cross chief Yoo Chong-ha says he has sent a letter to his Northern counterpart Jang Jae On, asking to hold talks Friday at the North's Mount Kumgang resort in a bid to re-start cross-border family reunions.

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