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Vice unification minister visits N. Korea to examine preparations for family reunions

All Headlines 14:40 August 01, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 1 (Yonhap) -- Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung visited North Korea on Wednesday to examine preparations for the upcoming reunion event for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

Chun and eight other officials crossed the eastern border into the Mount Kumgang resort, a venue for the family reunions planned from Aug. 20-26.

They will stay there for hours examining progress in preparatory work on facilities to be used for the upcoming event. Some 50 South Korean workers have been repairing facilities in the resort for weeks.

"We will check on preparations through today's trip and do our best based on its results for the remaining 20 days to make sure the event will be held without a hitch," Chun told reporters.

The family reunion event is a follow-up on the pledge made at the summit between their leaders in April to work together in addressing humanitarian issues. It will mark the first of its kind since October 2015.

The two Koreas are set to finalize the lists of their people to be allowed to take part in the family reunions Saturday. They earlier agreed to hold the event involving 100 people from each side.

Chun, meanwhile, dismissed speculation that his trip to the North might be linked with government efforts to mull the resumption of the now-suspended tour program to the mountain.

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