Korean families separated by war to reunite briefly after 65 years

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About 180 families torn apart by the 1950-53 Korean War will be temporarily reunited after the two Koreas renewed exchanges this year following a standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes.

The reunions, the first in three years, will take place in the North’s tourist resort on Mount Kumgang, as agreed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during their first summit in April.

Eighty-nine South Koreans have crossed the military demarcation line into North Korea today. They will return to the South on Wednesday. A group of 83 North Koreans will also be reunited with relatives who live in the South from Friday through Sunday at the same resort.

South Korea’s Unification Ministry says that as of July, about 56,000 people in the South were registered as separated family members. More than 60 percent of them are aged 80 or older.

 

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