Koreas Agree to 1st Reunions Since 2010
But Pyongyang wants a carrot
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 18, 2013 6:33 AM CDT
Red Cross officials work at an office for reunion of families at the headquarters of the Korea Red Cross in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013.   (Han Jong-chan)

(Newser) – North Korea today accepted a South Korean offer for talks on reuniting families separated by war, but proposed separate talks on resuming lucrative tours to a scenic North Korean mountain in an apparent effort to link the two discussions. Last week, the two Koreas agreed to work toward a resumption of a jointly run factory park in North Korea, raising hopes for improved ties between the rivals. Seoul subsequently proposed Red Cross talks on restarting the reunions.

Today, a spokesman at Pyongyang's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said the North had agreed on the Red Cross talks. He proposed meeting at the country's scenic Diamond Mountain, not at the southern side of the border village of Panmunjom as South Korea requested. The spokesman said via state media that North Korea also wants another set of talks Thursday on tours of Diamond Mountain. South Korea suspended tours to Diamond Mountain after a South Korean woman was shot dead by a North Korean border guard there in 2008. The project had provided a legitimate source of hard currency to North Korea before its suspension. "The North Korean intention is obvious. It is saying it wants to exchange the resumption of the Diamond Mountain tours with the family reunions," says a South Korean professor.

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Aug 18, 2013 11:00 AM CDT
(R) 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Thanks to North Korea's Kim Jong-un is so co-operative with American Republican CIA team to 1) Reduce 300,000 Workers' Party's soldiers and 50,000 Officers-in-Commands to pave a way for the 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Presidency's "US-North Korea Non-Aggression Treaty" to the United Nations' Security Council, to end the 60+ years old Korea War for good; North-South Re-unification begin. 2) North Korea agrees to re-open Kaesong Factory Park, so the North Korean working-class can have livelihood capitalized from South Korean private-sectors. 3) To CLOSE the North Korean military station before the negotation to re-open Mt. Kumgang tourism to the public (European, South Korean, and Far East Asians). 4) American Republicans interest "Mr. Leader" Kim Jong-un to order a RELEASE an Korean-American Kenneth Bae out of hard-labor camp, caused Bae's sickness, set him free to South Korea DMZ border of South Korea side, let U.S. officials to pick up Mr. Kenneth Bae and fly him back home to USA. 5) In the meanwhile, North Korea has its 1st Smart-Phone development and product; the Texas Gov. RICK PERRY governorship is interested to promote North Korea's academic exchange-program with the college students/scholars of KIM JONG-IL UNIVERSITY's School of Computational Science, Texan <-> North Korean to work on an Academic Exchange-Program of Artificial Intelligence research and development on an "Ada Computer-Language Interpreter" and "Micro-codes" written in LINUX C Programming Language. Texas state WELCOMES South Korea's A) NamSeoul University, B) Konkuk University, C) Handong Global University are a part of Texas A&M University-Commerce's programs. We welcome North Korean students can join in the nearly future semesters as well.
Aug 18, 2013 10:09 AM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD .....How stupid is (the educated fool) Obama? ... REMEMBER, the North Korean threat? Obama, and his Team of morons, idiots, and imbeciles .. (said just a few months ago) .. that North Korea was threating to attack South Korea, Japan, Guam, and even the United States .. with nuclear missiles and rockets, and spent and wasted hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars, defending against a Kim Jong Un fantasy attack. Truth be told .. the only thing Obama seems to do well .. is dither, with his finger up his a$$................. REALLY
Aug 18, 2013 7:42 AM CDT