April 23, 2021

South Korea to expand facilities for video reunions of separated families

Existing centers unused since 2007, but Unification Ministry hopes for “early resumption” of exchanges

Despite little progress on inter-Korean relations, South Korea's Ministry of Unification said on Monday it would open at least six additional centers where separated families may be able to reunite with relatives in the North via video chat.

There are currently thirteen such centers, which were last used for reunions in Nov. 2007. Seven of them are in the Greater Seoul area, while six are spread across the rest of the country, according to the unification ministry. The additional centers will reportedly be built outside of Seoul as well.