October 19, 2015 09:48
Families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War will meet again this week in North Korea's Mt. Kumgang resort.
From Tuesday to Thursday, 96 North Koreans will meet 393 family members from South Korea. In the second round from Saturday to Monday, 90 South Koreans will meet 188 family members from the North.
During each round of reunions, the families will have six carefully supervised encounters individually or in groups.
The Unification Ministry said the farewell meeting has been extended to two hours from one hour in the past. But considering the advanced age of many participants, plans were scrapped to send them on a hike up the scenic mountain.
Meanwhile, North Korea's state media on Saturday accused South Korea of ruining the atmosphere of the reunions by allowing the U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan to attend a naval review in Busan on Thursday.
They said it would be difficult to hold the event amid the "sound of explosions and smell of gunpowder."
However, a government official here said the reunions will take place as planned.
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