There are actually people out there who cannot meet their family
members, even on Lunar New Year’s Day, the most important national
holiday in Korea.
On January 25, the 36th Gyeongmo ceremony was held at Mangbaedan
Memorial Altar at Imjingak to give them solace.
Unification Minister Kim Yeon Chul, in the joint ancestral rite,
said, “It has been 75 years since South and North Korea were divided
right after national liberation. Now is the time to heal the pain of
Minister Kim stated that the government will make tangible progress
by adopting a “new way of thinking” instead of a “cliched view”; the
“power of optimism” instead of a “pessimistic perception”; and a
“comprehensive approach” instead of “piecemeal measures.”
He continued, “It (the government) will try all possible ways to
confirm whether relatives are still alive and to bring about reunions,
including face-to-face reunions, video reunions, exchange of video
messages, and reunions on demand by the members of separated families
through the restoration and opening of a permanent reunion center.”
The Minister said, “The government is considering a way to defray
the expenses so that they can visit places in North Korea near their hometowns.”
The government will do its best to ensure reunions of separated
families as soon as possible.