This will be a big accomplishment if President Park is able to get the family reunions restarted. However, just like with anything else with North Korea; what will the cost be?
President Park Geun-hye proposed Thursday that South and North Korea hold reunions for separated families and establish a peace park in their heavily armed border, a day after the two sides reached a landmark deal to reopen a joint industrial complex.
In a Liberation Day address marking the end of Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula, Park also urged Tokyo to face up to history and take “responsible and earnest” measures to console the victims of its wartime atrocities, an apparent reference to those forced into sexual slavery during World War II.
The proposals to North Korea, if realized, could bring about a significant thaw in relations between the two sides that sank to one of their lowest levels after Pyongyang’s long-range rocket launch in December, its third nuclear test in February and the subsequent war threats.
The offers also showed the confidence Park has gained in dealing with Pyongyang.
The North’s agreement to reopen the factory park in its border city of Kaesong — largely under conditions demanded by the South — represented a victory for the unbending, principled approach Park has taken toward the communist nation in the face of spiraling tensions.
“I hope the agreement this time will serve as an opportunity to remedy what went wrong in inter-Korean relations in the past and help build a new relationship of mutual prosperity,” Park said during the address. [Yonhap]