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Originally published Friday, August 23, 2013 at 6:03 AM

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Koreas agree to reunions for 1st time in 3 years

Seoul officials say North and South Korea have agreed to allow reunions next month of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. It will be the first the time the emotional meetings have happened in three years.

The Associated Press

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SEOUL, South Korea —

Seoul officials say North and South Korea have agreed to allow reunions next month of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. It will be the first the time the emotional meetings have happened in three years.

The deal Friday marks the latest conciliatory gesture from North Korea after a spring that saw the country threatening Seoul and Washington with missile strikes and nuclear war.

South Korea says that 100 people from each country will be allowed to meet family members Sept. 25-30 at a North Korean mountain resort.

There's immense relief in Seoul that the threats and warlike rhetoric have died down, but there's also some wariness. Analysts say North Korea often follows provocations and threats with charm offensives meant to win much-needed aid and diplomatic concessions.

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