To discuss the reunion of families separated in the 1950-1953 Korean war, South Korea today proposed working-level talks with North Korea on September 7.
Millions of Koreans have been separated for six decades as the Korean war ended in a 1953 armistice. The last family reunion was held at North Korea’s mountain resort of Kumgang in February 2014. About 66,000 South Koreans — 12 percent of them aged above 90, are wait-listed for an eventual reunion, but only several hundred can be chosen each time.
The move came days after Koreas agreed on Tuesday to defuse tensions on the Korean Peninsula following a 43-hour marathon dialogue.
The reunion programme began in a summit between North-South Korea in 2000.
As part of South Korea-India cultural exchange, an exhibition marking 100 years of the first display of Korean anti-colonial resistance will open in Delhi, and a show on Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March will travel to a South Korean museum next year.
The exhibition “100th Anniversary of the March 1st Independence Movement: One Shiny Day”, commemorating the spirit of the March 1st Movement – pioneering display of anti-colonial sentiment against its coloniser Japan – will open at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) on August 14 and will continue till September 29.
Notably, the entire Korean Peninsula was under Japanese occupation for 35 years from 1910-1945 because the Korean War (1950-53) separated it into North and South.
On March 1, 1919, the movement was joined by people from different walks of life regardless of their region, status and wealth, hinting at the people’s will for independence at home and abroad.
The upcoming show will display art inspired by the North-South divide, the Korean War refugees, downfall of Korean imperialists, and the first freedom struggle and people’s solidarity.
“The exhibition will display the artworks of 12 artists teams: KWON Hayoun, KIM BoMin, KIM Woojo, BAE Sungmi, SHON Sunghyun, AHN Eun-me, AHN Changhong, LEE Sanghyun, LEE Woosung, JEONG Jae-wan and JO Dongwhan + JO Haejun,” the Korean Cultural Centre India said in a statement to IANS.
The exhibition will also celebrate 15th August, which is the Independence Day of both India and Korea – North and South.
“The exhibition presents the underlying theme of the sorrow and restoration of South Korea that has similar modern history to India. I hope the artworks promote mutual understanding and shared values of both people of India and Korea,” Shin Bong-kil, South Korea’s Ambassador to India, said.