Typhoon Soulik has brought heavy rains and strong winds to the Korean
Peninsula. The typhoon hit Jeju Island first and is forecast to affect
Gangwon Province soon, giving rise to some concern over the safety of
The government is monitoring the typhoon in
real time and is going ahead with full preparations for the reunions
of separated families, ensuring that the meetings are safe and
pleasant for all.
The government takes safety very seriously and has contacted members
of separated families who are participating in the reunions to check
where they are, inform them of the strong winds, and warn them to stay
inside once they arrive
It is also working closely with the North regarding travel to Mt.
Geumgang. The South and the North agreed to handle customs clearance
on the bus to ensure that the elderly don’t need to get on and off,
particularly those who have limited mobility. The needs of the elderly
en route to Mt. Geumgang have been cited by numerous parties, and the
handling of customs clearance is merely the first of many actions
taken in this regard.
The government conducted safety training for government employees
and support personnel from the Korean Red Cross who are accompanying
the separated families at 13:00 in Sokcho. At a resort on Mt.
Geumgang, government officials are closely inspecting the reunion
facilities for safety against floods, falling objects blown by strong
winds, and any problems with food.
The government will do its best to ensure that the participants come
away with wonderful memories of their long-awaited meetings.