Seoul, 11 July: North Korea has retracted its proposal to hold talks with South Korea on restarting a family reunion programme, a Seoul official said today. The sudden move came a day after the two Koreas agreed in principle to hold a Red Cross meeting on family reunions. “In a message sent today to our side, North Korea said it is retracting its proposal in an effort to focus” on separate discussions on reopening a jointly-run industrial estate, a unification ministry official said. Pyongyang proposed yesterday that a Red Cross meeting on restarting a temporary family reunion programme be held on July 19.     AFP