Seoul to launch genetic database for future North-South reunions

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Aging members of South Korean families separated by the Korean War will have their genetic profile saved to facilitate future reunions as part of a government scheme, a news report said Friday.wpid-North-Korean-soldiers-att-008.jpg

Voluntary gene tests will start on Monday, Yonhap News Agency quoted a government spokesman as saying, with the oldest family members who had applied for the scheme taking priority.

Since 1988, about 130,000 South Koreans have registered as members of families separated by the 1950-1953 Korean War, according to the Unification Ministry.

Some 70,000 of these are still alive, with the majority in their seventies, Yonhap reported Friday.

The genetic records are designed to help descendants of surviving family members, and the offspring of their relatives in the North, identify and meet each other in the future.

The last set of organized family reunions took place in February after a three-year gap.

The Unification Ministry also said it would begin filming short video messages from relatives in South Korea, with the intention of showing them eventually to families in the North.

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