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About 250 South Koreans have met relatives in North Korea, in the second of two organized reunions for family members separated by the Korean War.

The South Korean group has been allowed to travel for three days of meetings at Mount Kumgang resort in North Korea.

Another group attended reunions earlier this week.

For most of those attending it is the first time that they have had any contact in over 60 years.

Photo Reuters

Photo Reuters

Millions of Korean people ended up separated from loved ones by the physical division of the Korean peninsula.

The reunions taking place this week are only the second round in the past five years.

The South Koreans were chosen using a computerized lottery system from among thousands who applied.

Often accompanied by family members, they traveled in a convoy of buses from South Korea to meet their relatives.

Given their age and the infrequent nature of these reunions, they are unlikely to ever see each other again.


Four hundred South Koreans are visiting North Korea to meet their North Korean relatives in a rare reunion event for families separated by the Korean War.

The reunion, comprising a series of meetings over a week, is being held at a Mount Kumgang resort, at the border.

Thousands of families have been apart with little or no contact since the Korean War ended in 1953.

Korean family reunions have been held sporadically since 1988 and depend on the state of relations between South Korea and North Korea.

The last reunion was held in February 2014.

This year’s family reunion comes after an agreement in August that de-escalated tensions sparked by a border explosion that injured South Korean soldiers.Korean family reunions

The meetings, organized by the Red Cross, are hugely popular with tens of thousands signing up, but few on each side get chosen and they tend to be elderly.

In South Korea participants are picked at random by a computer which takes into account their age and family background.

They also have to sit for interviews and take medical examinations to determine if they are fit to travel.

The first group of about 400 South Koreans, comprising of chosen participants and their accompanying family members, are taking part in the first round of meetings running from October 20 to October 21, reported Yonhap news agency.

Another 250 will attend the second round of meetings from October 24 to October 26. Each round comprises of six two-hour sessions.

Many of those attending from South Korea are bringing gifts for their North Korean relatives such as clothes, food, toothpaste, and cash.

South Korea and North Korea remain technically at war as the Korean War only ended in an armistice.

The family reunions began in 2000 and have since been carried out sporadically.


North Korea and South Korea have agreed to hold reunions for families separated by the Korean War, according to Seoul government.

The family reunions will take place in October at the Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea.

The decision follows an agreement last month that de-escalated tensions sparked by a border mine explosion that injured two South Korean soldiers.

Thousands of Korean families have been separated with little or no contact since the war ended in 1953.

The highly emotional reunions of family member who have not seen one another in decades have been infrequent, and depend hugely on the state of relations on the Korean peninsula.Korean family reunion

The reunions, which started in 1988, used to be annual but have often been canceled in recent years as relations frayed. The last round was held in February 2014.

About 66,000 South Koreans remain on the waiting list to see their relatives, many in their 80s and 90s.

The upcoming reunions, slated to be held at the Diamond Mountain resort in Mount Kumgang from October 20 to 26, will see 100 people from each side selected.

The decision came after Red Cross officials from both Koreas held talks earlier this week at the border village of Panmunjom.

Communication between relatives across the border is highly restricted and almost non-existent.