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Chronology of inter-Korean talks leading up to Kaesong factory park agreement

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SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronology of events leading up to North Korea unilaterally postponing planned reunions of separated family members on both sides of the border.

June 6: The North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) calls for working-level talks between government authorities aimed at restarting both the Kaesong Industrial Complex and Mount Kumgang tours. It adds negotiation can also be held to arrange reunions for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. South Korea accepts the North's offer and calls for ministerial level talks to be held in Seoul on June 12.

June 9-10: Two Koreas hold talks at the neutral border village of Panmunjom and agree to hold a meeting of "responsible authorities" in Seoul with the aim of resolving pressing inter-Korean issues.

June 11: High-level inter-Korean talks called off due to disagreement over the "rank" of their respective chief delegates.

July 10: North Korea propose talks to restart stalled Mount Kumgang tours as well as working-level talks on family reunions. Seoul accepts family reunion talks, but rejects negotiations aimed at restarting tours until negotiations on Kaesong factory park makes headway.

July 11: Pyongyang puts on hold all negotiations on Mount Kumgang tours and family reunions until after Kaesong complex issue is resolved.

Aug. 14: Two Koreas reach landmark agreement to reopen Kaesong complex.

Aug. 15: South Korean President Park Geun-hye proposes holding family reunions to mark the Chuseok holidays during her Liberation Day address.

Aug. 16: South Korea's Red Cross send formal message calling for talks to discuss the family reunions issue on Aug. 23. Seoul says it wants talks to be held in Panmunjom.

Aug. 18: The spokesman for the CPRK accepts family reunions talks proposal date, but calls for the meeting to take place at the Mount Kumgang resort. It also demands bilateral negotiations on Mount Kumgang tours resumption on Aug. 22.

Aug. 19: Seoul says it will separate family reunions from the Mount Kumgang tours in talk with the North.

Aug. 20: Seoul accepts in principle Pyongyang's calls for negotiations to discuss Mount Kumgang tour impasse, yet set the meeting date for Sept. 25.

Aug. 22: North Korea agrees to hold family reunions-related talks on Aug. 23 as proposed by Seoul.

Aug. 23: Two Koreas agree to hold family reunions event on Sept. 25-30 with 100 people from each side taking part in the gathering that will be the first of its kind in three years. Seoul accepts Pyongyang's insistence that the reunions take place at the Mount Kumgang resort. The two sides also concur on holding a televised reunion in October and another face-to-face meeting in November. North Korea, in addition, propose holding Mount Kumgang tours talks in late August early September.

Aug. 27: South Korea calls for Mount Kumgang tours talks be held on Oct. 2 after the family reunions event so all sides can focus on helping people meet long lost relatives.

Aug. 29: Koreas exchange lists of candidates for upcoming family reunions

Sept. 3: South Korean repair crews start staying at the Mount Kumgang resort to make prepare venues for family reunions event.

Sept: 16: South and North Korea exchanged the final lists of 196 people who will meet relatives at a family reunions event.

Sept. 20: Advanced party of South Korean Red Cross officials reach Mount Kumgang resort to discuss details of family reunions event.

Sept. 21: North Korea's CPRK announces it will postpone family reunions citing unacceptable South Korean provocations. Seoul denounces the unilateral action as "inhumane."

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