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New round of inter-Korean family reunions into second day at North's My. Kumgang

Updated: 2014-02-24 11:44:19 (KST)
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The two Koreas are holding the next round of reunions for families separated since the Korean War at North Korea's Mt. Kumgang resort on this Monday.

Today is the second day of the event for nearly 5-hundred divided family members from both sides.

For more details, let's go live to our correspondent Hwang Sung-hee at the Inter-Korean Dialogue Headquarters.
Sung-hee, what's in store for the war-separated families today?

Good afternoon, You-sun, Mark.
On the second day of the event, the family members have three chances to reunite.
In the morning, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., each families held individual meetings at the hotel rooms of the North Korean participants at the Mt. Kumgang resort.
The meetings are held behind closed-doors, and this is when the divided families exchange gifts -- most South Korean families prepare daily necessities like clothes, toothpaste and snack -- items that are not too pricey, as well as some cash.
The families are scheduled to meet for a group luncheon from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., which is about now, so they are probably having something to eat at the Mt. Kumkang resort.
A group meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and this will be the last meeting of the day.
The new round of the reunions are much larger in scale than the first, with nearly 400 South Korean family members crossing the border on Sunday to meet 88 North Korean family members that applied for the event.
But this time around, only one family is a reunion between a parent and a child, with most being meetings between siblings or even nephews and half-brothers or sisters.
More than half of the 70-thousand registered South Korean divided family members are over the age of 80, which is a reminder that time is running out and that the reunions should really be held on a regular basis.
The families participating in the second round of the reunions will have one more chance to reunite tomorrow morning from 9 a.m. for an hour before they part again.

Thank you, Sung-hee.
That was Hwang Sung-hee reporting live on the latest from the new round of reunions for war-separated families.


Reporter : markbroome@arirang.co.kr

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