SEOUL, South Korea — Hundreds of South Koreans will bid farewell — perhaps for good — to their long-lost relatives from North Korea today after their first temporary reunions since the Korean War.
A total of 357 South Koreans will return home later in the day after three days of reunions with 88 elderly North Korean relatives at Mount Kumgang, a scenic resort on the North’s east coast. Their meeting time totaled eleven hours.
The reunions were the second set in a week. On Saturday, 80 elderly South Koreans, accompanied by 56 family members, returned home from the mountain resort after a first round of three-day reunions with their North Korean relatives.
The reunions are a key part of a recent inter-Korean deal meant to improve bilateral relations that worsened last year due to the North’s third nuclear test, and its threats of war against Seoul and Washington.
The latest reunions, the first since late 2010, is drawing to a close this morning, a day after Seoul and Washington launched their annual joint military exercises, which have been denounced by the North as a rehearsal for invasion.
Source: Busan eFM News