SEOUL — North Korea agreed to resume reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War on Friday, the latest conciliatory gesture from a country that was threatening South Korea and the United States with nuclear war almost a year ago.
Seoul welcomed the decision. South Korea has been wary of the North’s larger outreach, noting that Pyongyang has previously followed such calls for detente with provocations.
The gesture is seen by many analysts as an attempt to improve ties to help win aid for Pyongyang’s struggling economy. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has vowed to boost his impoverished people’s standard of living, even as he pursues a nuclear weapons and missile program that has been condemned by his neighbors and the United States.
Annual US-South Korean war drills are set to resume in coming weeks. In New York, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations again demanded that South Korea cancel the drills.
‘‘We again propose immediately and unconditionally halting all military and hostile acts targeting the fellow countrymen in collusion with outsiders,’’ Sin Son Ho said.