Korean families separated for decades after war to be reunited

North Korea to host emotional family reunions

The North's leader Kim Jong Un and the South's President Moon Jae-in agreed to restart them at their first summit in the DMZ in April, and the two Koreas have discussed cooperation in various fields at a series of meetings between officials.

Over the next three days, the participants will spend only about 11 hours together, mostly under the watchful eyes of North Korean agents, with only three hours in private before they are separated once again on Wednesday, in all likelihood for the final time. Some struggled to recognise family not glimpsed in more than 60 years. Kim Dal-in, 92, asked his sister, Yu Dok, after gazing at her briefly in silence.

But as those who remember the war grow old, time is running out for many of them. They could not speak for minutes, wailed loudly and rubbed their cheeks and hands.

Millions of people were swept apart by the 1950-53 Korean War, which divided brothers and sisters, parents and children and husbands and wives, and finished with peninsula split by the impenetrable Demilitarised Zone.

The separated families are victims of a decades-long standoff between the neighbours, which has escalated over the past several years as Pyongyang rapidly advanced its nuclear weapons and missile programmes.

During his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in June, Kim pledged to abandon his country's nuclear programmes if Washington provided security guarantees, but the two sides have since struggled to agree on how to reach that goal.

The reunions should be scaled up sharply, held regularly, and include exchanges of visits and letters, said Moon, himself a member of a separated family from the North's eastern port city of Hungnam.

Ninety-three families from both sides of the border had been initially due to hold a three-day gathering from Monday, but four South Korean members cancelled at the last minute because of poor health, the Red Cross said. Almost 133,000 people in the South have applied to meet their relatives.

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Mr Pak Sam Dong pointed at one of the images, telling his brother: "This is you".

Many of the South Korean participants are war refugees born in North Korea who will be meeting their siblings or the infant children they left behind, many of them now into their 70s.

Some dropped out after realising the relatives they had hoped to see were no longer alive, so in total there'll be 83 North Koreans and 89 from the South.

In this October 22, 2015, file photo, North Korean Son Kwon Geun, (centre), weeps with his South Korean relatives as he bids farewell after the Separated Family Reunion Meeting at Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea.

More than half the survivors are over 80, with this year's oldest participant Baik Sung-kyu aged 101.

Six doctors and almost a dozen nurses will travel to attend to the elderly group during the reunion and a makeshift emergency medical centre will be on duty around the clock. "Ahead of the reunions, we are thoroughly checking their health".

Numerous family members brought gifts for their North Korean relatives.

"They don't know what their father looks like so I will tell them what he looked like and when he died", Jang said. "I wonder whether there's a chance he saw me when I was in Wonsan".

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