January 29, 2023
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Time running out for inter-Korean family reunions, ROK official warns

Government data shows thousands of South Koreans died last year without meeting long-lost loved ones in the North

Seoul’s vice unification minister has warned that there is “no time to lose” when it comes to reuniting divided families in the two Koreas, as data shows that thousands of South Koreans died last year without seeing their loved ones in the North.

Kim Ki-woong’s remarks in a speech to mark the Lunar New Year on Sunday, when Koreans traditionally visit their hometowns to see family, underscored separated families' diminishing hopes of meeting again as they grow older.