May 24, 2024

North Korea’s new unification stance deals another blow to separated families

New policy declaring South Korea an enemy makes reuniting aging relatives tougher, but families still hold out hope

Families separated by the Korean War were dealt another blow when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced that unification with South Korea is “impossible,” a declaration that will likely make reuniting people on both sides of the peninsula even more difficult.

“Separated families will be perceived as nationals of an enemy country” now that North Korea has thoroughly identified South Korea as its foremost enemy, Cho Han-bum, a researcher at KINU, told NK News.

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