The South Korean Red Cross said Monday it has finalized its list of separated families ahead of joint events to reunite families separated by the 70-year-old division of the two Koreas.
The South Korean list of 250 separated families was selected from 500 randomly picked candidates based on their health and willingness for a reunion with their family members in the North, according to the Red Cross here.
The list will be delivered to the North Korean Red Cross on Tuesday to start a process to confirm whether the candidates'
relatives in the North are alive and available for reunions.
After finishing the confirmation process by July 25, the two Red Cross bodies will each come up with a list of 100 separated families for reunions to be held from Aug. 20-26.
Amid a whirlwind of diplomacy to improve ties, the two Koreas agreed last month to hold the family reunions in a North Korean resort near Mount Kumgang. (Yonhap)