2 Koreas hold talks on split families' reunions

SEOUL, South Korea — Red Cross officials from the two Koreas discussed holding another round of reunions for families separated by war more than a half-century ago, South Korea's Unification Ministry said Friday.
The meeting comes a week after the two sides failed to decide on a venue for or the scale of the reunions — popular on both sides of the heavily fortified border.
Agreement on holding the reunions would be a sign of improving relations between the Koreas, whose ties have sunken to new lows after the March sinking of a South Korean warship that an international investigation blamed on Pyongyang. North Korea denies involvement.
In a move that threatens to exacerbate tensions on the peninsula, South Korea and the United States said Friday they will hold joint anti-submarine exercises next week.