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Tearful Korean reunions begin; first since 2010

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 20, 2014 at 11:08 a.m.


A man watches a TV news program showing South and North Korean Family Reunion Meeting at Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday, Feb. 20,2014. The words on the screen reads: "Group Reunion Meeting."

SEOUL, South Korea — Their backs stooped, dozens of elderly North and South Koreans separated for six decades reunited Thursday, weeping and embracing in a rush of words and emotion. The reunions come during a rare period of detente between the rival Koreas and are all the more poignant because the participants will part again in a few days, likely forever.

About 80 South Koreans traveled through falling snow with their families to North Korea’s Diamond Mountain resort to meet children, brothers, sisters, spouses and other relatives. Seoul had said about 180 North Koreans were expected.

South Korean TV showed old women in brightly-colored traditional hanbok dresses talking and hugging, families trading photographs of relatives who couldn’t attend or had died. Two men in suits and ties wiped away tears, grasped each other by the necks and pressed their foreheads together as cameras flashed. One old man was wheeled in on a stretcher, his head propped on a pillow, a blue blanket wrapped tightly around him.

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