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Rival Koreas discuss resuming family reunions

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 | 6:01 p.m.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Red Cross delegates from the rival Koreas have begun talks on holding reunions of families separated since the Korean War ended in the early 1950s.

Wednesday's meeting was arranged after North Korea last month agreed to resume the humanitarian reunion program that has been stalled since late 2010.

South Korea has proposed the reunions take place later this month but North Korea hasn't responded.

Seoul's Unification Ministry says the three-member Red Cross delegations from the Koreas are meeting at a border village but didn't elaborate.

North Korea has recently ratcheted down its typical harsh rhetoric against South Korea and called for better ties between the countries. Analysts say Pyongyang needs improved ties with Seoul to help lure foreign investment and aid.