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2 Koreas agree to discuss reunions for families

Bid to renew visits is latest attempt to thaw relations

SEOUL — North Korea on Sunday accepted a South Korean proposal to discuss the reunions of elderly relatives who had been separated from their parents, siblings, and children since the Korean War six decades ago.

No such reunion has been held in the past three years, and a revival of the highly emotional humanitarian program would be another step toward a thaw on the divided Korean Peninsula after months of tension and threats of war.

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