- The Washington Times - Monday, August 11, 2014

South Korea’s Unification Ministry appealed to North Korean authorities on Monday to agree to a sit-down and discuss how those separated from the South during the Korean War, 60 years ago, might now have a free pass to return home, if only for a brief meeting.

The last time the North and South met for high-level talks was February, and the end result was that hundreds from both sides were allowed to meet with long-lost relatives — a first since the war ended. Now South Korea wants a new round of talks that leads to the same result, in time for the Korean Thanksgiving on Sept. 8, The New York Times reported.

The Unification Ministry delivered a message across the border, asking that the high-level talks take place on Aug. 19 at Panmunjom, the village where the peace treaty was signed to end the Korean War in 1953.

North Korea has yet to respond, The New York Times reported.