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Reunion for North and South Korean families separated by war


Reunion for North and South Korean families separated by war

North and South Korea have agreed to allow some families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War to hold brief reunions.

Officials from both sides agreed the meetings will take place between February 20 to 25 in Mount Kumgang, just north of the border.

It comes despite a campaign by Pyongyang that Seoul cancel planned war games with the United States.

Any kind of agreement between the two rivals is rare, and in the past unpredictable North Korea has withdrawn permission for the event at the last minute.

At previous reunions, about 100 families have been allowed to meet relatives on the other side for fleeting moments before they are sent back to their respective homes.

More than 70,000 South Koreans have been seeking to meet lost family members at family reunions. The successful ones are chosen by lottery.

The war left millions of families divided, with free private travel across the border and communication, including phone calls, banned.

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