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Repair of facilities for family reunions to start next week

All Headlines 18:21 July 06, 2018

SEOUL, July 6 (Yonhap) -- A group of government officials and repair workers will leave for North Korea early next week to begin repair work on facilities to be used for reunions of war-separated families, the unification ministry said Friday.

The 22-member team will cross into the North on Monday to repair facilities at a Mount Kumgang resort on the North's east coast where the planned reunion will be held from Aug. 20-26, according to the ministry.

The repairs will be carried out until mid-August based on the results of an on-site inspection by experts during a three-day trip to the venue late last month, the ministry said.

The two Koreas agreed last month to hold family reunions involving 100 families from each side. They are currently choosing who will be invited to the event.

The reunion event for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War will be the first of its kind since October 2015. The two Koreas have held 20 rounds of face-to-face family reunions since the first-ever inter-Korean summit in 2000.

South and North Korea technically remain at war as the 1950-53 Korean War ended only with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

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