19 Aug 2013

Koreas plan to reunite separated families

9:49 am on 19 August 2013

North Korea says it has agreed to South Korea's proposal to hold reunions for families separated since the 1950-53 war.

The North has agreed to hold the event during the traditional Chuseok holiday that falls on 19 September, as suggested by the South.

Pyongyang's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea has also proposed another round of indirect family reunions via video conference in October to coincide with the anniversary of the 2007 inter-Korean summit.

Officials of the Red Cross from both sides will hold a meeting later this month to discuss details, AFP reports.

Ties have improved between the two countries recently after months of high tensions.