Families Tearfully Reunited Across Border

      October 21, 2015 09:58

      Nearly 100 South Korean families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War were tearfully reunited in Mt. Kumgang in North Korea on Tuesday. It was the first such reunion in nearly two years.

      The North Koreans gave their long-long-lost relatives from South Korea gifts provided by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. A piece of paper listed fabric, thermal underwear and candy among a dozen presents.

      The women from the North wore hanbok or traditional Korean dress, while the men mostly wore grey suits and black hats.

      Participants included fathers separated from their sons and couples who were torn apart by the war and had not seen each other for 67 years.

      An elderly couple reunites in North Korea's Mt. Kumgang resort on Tuesday, 67 years after they were separated during the Korean War. /Newsis

      Ambulances and medical staff stood by due to the old age of many of the participants. South Korea also provided 40 wheelchairs, since most of the participants from the South are over 80.

      The South Koreans crossed the border on Tuesday morning, where they set their watches back 30 minutes to synchronize them with Pyongyang Time.

      Border guards closely inspected the laptops and tablet PCs carried by South Korean reporters.

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