North and South Korea agreed on Wednesday to hold reunions of families separated by the Korean War later this month, a media report said.

The reunions will take place at the Mount Kumgang resort in North Korea between February 20 and 25, Yonhap News reported citing an official from the Unification Ministry. The deal was reached after officials held talks at the border village of Panmunjom.

The 1950-53 Korean War separated many families, a highly sensitive issue for the two neighbours. Contact across the border through letters, emails or phone calls is usually impossible.

The two Koreas have allowed temporary reunions of selected divided families on a handful of occasions since a 2000 summit.

Many members of divided families are in their 70s and 80s and want to see their relatives one last time.

If the reunions go ahead, they will be the first since 2010. A similar round of reunions was due to take place in September, but was called off at the last minute by Pyongyang.

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