Family reunions in North Korea in high gear

Pyongyang, Oct 25 (IANS) Hundreds of South Koreans met their loved ones from North Korea in Mount Kumgang on Sunday, as part of the second round of reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

The 254 South Koreans, or 90 families, met their North Korean relatives for the first time in six decades on Saturday at a scenic resort on Mount Kumgang, Yonhap news agency reported.

A two-hour lunch is planned later Sunday, with another two-hour group reunion wrapping up the day at 4.30 p.m (local time).

This event follows the first round of reunions that involved 96 families that ended on Thursday.

The family reunions, the first since February 2014, are the outcome of an agreement that South and North Koreas reached on August 25 to defuse military tension and resume the family get togethers.

More than 66,000 South Korean family members are separated by the Korean War, which ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

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