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Second day of Korean family reunions begins at Mt. Kumgang

Updated: 2014-02-21 10:28:40 KST
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There are sure to be plenty more tears of joy and sorrow today as a second day of reunions for families separated since the Korean War is under way at the North's Mt. Kumgang resort.

More than 80 families from both sides of the border were scheduled to meet on three separate occasions this Friday, with each session lasting for two hours.
For more, we connect with our Ji Myung-kil on the phone.
Myung-kil, take us through the day's events.

Just a few minutes ago, a group luncheon of all the participants began, and it's scheduled to last until 2 p.m.
It's actually the second reunion event that separated family members have attended today.
The first, which were individual meetings between separated family members, ran from 9 this morning to 11 at the Oekumgang Hotel located in Mt. Kumkang.
Those reunions were held behind closed-doors in the individual hotel rooms that the South and North Korean families are staying in.
There was an unexpected development this morning, when two family members from South Korea had to leave Mount Kumgang and head back home due to health problems, which really underlies the urgency of these reunions.
The 91-year-old man and 84-year-old woman did get a chance to meet with their North Korean relatives during the first session this morning, but it had to be in ambulances.
The two are headed back to the South right now, and are scheduled to pass through the Military Demarcation Line at around 1 p.m.

That's heart-breaking news for those two families, to have their reunions cut short. That leaves 80 South Korean participants at Mount Kumgang. Looking ahead to the afternoon, what's on their schedule?

After the luncheon wraps up, a third event will begin at 4 p.m., where all separated families will gather together for a ceremony in an auditorium.
After that, the participants will have one more day to spend with their families on Saturday before heading back home.
Once they leave, a second round with new participants will begin on Sunday and run through Tuesday.

Thank-you Myung-kil.
That was our Ji Myung-kil reporting live on the inter-Korean family reunions that are taking place for the first time in over three years.


Reporter : mkji@arirang.co.kr

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