S. Korea to encourage citizens to contact N. Korean relatives independently
Updated: 2019-12-31 16:15:24 KST
South Korea is going to start encouraging people to take steps independently to contact or meet with their North Korean relatives.
This according to a three-year plan released Tuesday by Seoul's unification ministry.
They would be encouraged to meet each other in a third country or speak on the phone if they can.
South Koreans will also be allowed to visit their hometowns north of the border, if possible, but only if their security can be guaranteed.
In the past, the governments of the two Koreas have arranged reunions for families separated by the Korean War, including one in August last year.
But the North has not been responding to Seoul's continued calls for talks, so there have been no reunions since then.
Seoul's unification ministry said it will also support separated families living overseas and the relatives of people abducted and detained in the North.