Long-Lost Relatives from Both Koreas Reunited

A group of 82 South Koreans and 58 accompanying family members met relatives from the other side of the border in North Korea’s Mt. Kumgang resort on Thursday.

The South Koreans left Sokcho, Gangwon Province in the morning and at around 3 p.m. in the afternoon met a group of 178 relatives from North Korea at the Kumgangsan Hotel.

Kim Seong-yun, a 96-year-old woman from South Korea, talks with her sisters from North Korea at the Kumgangsan Hotel in North Korea on Thursday. /News 1 Kim Seong-yun, a 96-year-old woman from South Korea, talks with her sisters from North Korea at the Kumgangsan Hotel in North Korea on Thursday. /News 1

Among them were two South Korean fishermen who had been kidnapped by the North and met their brothers from South Korea for the first time in about 40 years. Pak Yang-su (56) is a former crewmember of the Odaeyang No. 61, a fishing boat hijacked in the West Sea in December 1972, and Choi Yeong-cheol (59), a crewmember of the Suwon No. 33 abducted in waters near Baeknyeong Island in February 1974.

Three people who were kidnapped during the Korean War also met their half-siblings from the South for the first time in about 60 years. They had originally wanted to meet their fathers, who have since died.

After two hours of group reunions, the families attended a dinner hosted by the North Korean regime.

The South Korean families and their accompanying members are expected to spend some 11 hours with their relatives from the North and return home at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 21, 2014 09:22 KST