November 01, 2010 07:44
Families separated by the Korean War met in North Korea on Saturday and Sunday for the first time in 13 months.
Some 97 North Koreans accompanied by 13 relatives and 436 of their family members from South Korea met separately and over a group lunch meetings at the Mt. Kumgang resort.
The South Koreans gave their North Korean relatives bundles of gifts containing daily necessities, clothes, wrist watches, and medicines.
Among the North Korean contingent were four former South Korean soldiers who went missing during the Korean War and were deemed dead in 1957.
In 17 rounds of these family reunions between 2000 and 2009, seven former South Korean soldiers met their family members from South Korea, according to the Unification Ministry. Another six attended family reunions since 2000 at the South Korean government's request.
Another 96 South Koreans accompanied by 45 relatives will meet 207 family members from the North from Wednesday until Friday.
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