Koreas agree to hold reunions of war-divided families as scheduled, halt insults

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In this photo released by the South Korean Unification Ministry, South Korean chief delegate Kim Kyou-hyun, right, welcomes his North Korean counterpart Won Tong Yon upon arrival at the border village of Panumjom, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. The rival Koreas sat down Friday for a second round of talks this week at a border village as the North's calls for a delay of annual South Korea-U.S. military drills threaten plans for the resumption of emotional reunions of war-divided families. (AP Photo/South Korean Unification Ministry)

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North Korea has a track record of launching surprise provocations and scrapping cooperation projects with South Korea when it fails to win concessions. It canceled family reunions at the last minute in September when it accused Seoul of preparing war drills and other hostile acts.

On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se warned North Korea against any possible aggression, saying it should not use the military exercises as an excuse to stay away from talks or to delay attempts to improve ties.

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Associated Press Writer Edith M. Lederer contributed to this report from the United Nationspot

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