Despite the country’s dramatic growth after the 1950-53 Korean War, many older women in South Korea’s male-dominated culture didn’t receive equal education and job opportunities in their youth.
South Korean officials have hinted they will try to proceed with planned Oct. 20-26 reunions at North Korea’s Diamond Mountain resort even if the North launches a satellite before then.
Kim Ki-jong was convicted of attempted murder, assaulting a foreign envoy and obstruction, according to court spokesman Joon Young Maeng.
The reunion — only the second to be held in five years — will take place between October 20-26 in North Korea’s Mount Kumgang resort, the South’s Unification Ministry said.
More than 70 coastguard, navy and civilian fishing vessels, supported by helicopters and search aircraft, combed the area around the island on Monday.
About 66,000 South Koreans — many of them in their 80s or 90s — are on the waiting list for an eventual reunion, but only several hundred can be chosen each time.
A state government spokesperson said on Monday that the offer was extended by Korea Telecom to a delegation led by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal.
The agreement reached after talks in the border village of Panmunjom, pulled both sides back from the brink of an armed conflict and committed them to starting an official dialogue.
Seoul had restarted the broadcasts earlier this month after an 11-year stoppage in retaliation against the North for allegedly planting land mines on border patrol.
A look at how the Koreas have pulled off similar feats, sometimes with the involvement of South Korea’s ally, the United States, over the years.
President Park told top aides that Seoul would not ‘stand down even if North Korea ratchets up provocation to its highest level and threatens our national security.’
North Korea is refusing to apologize for what Seoul says was a land mine attack and then an artillery barrage last week. Pyongyang demands that Seoul stop the propaganda broadcasts started in retaliation for the land mine explosions.
The South Korean defence ministry said the North had doubled its artillery units at the border and deployed 50 submarines outside their bases.
The UN chief calls on the parties to redouble efforts to resolve differences through dialogue while refraining from taking any measure that is not conducive to dialogue.
A series of incidents raised fears that the conflict could spiral out of control, starting with a land mine attack, allegedly by the North, that maimed two South Korean soldiers and the South’s resumption of anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts.