Elderly Koreans bid tearful farewell after brief reunions

Published 9:54 am Friday, October 23, 2015

SEOUL, South Korea — Hundreds of elderly Koreans are weeping and embracing as they part — perhaps for good — after briefly reuniting for the first time in more than 60 years.

About 390 South Koreans traveled to the North’s scenic Diamond mountain resort earlier this week to meet for three days with relatives they were separated from during the turmoil of the 1950-53 Korean War.

They head back to South Korea on Thursday. Another group of 250 South Koreans will visit the mountain resort from Saturday through Monday for a second round of reunions.

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The rival Koreas occasionally arrange reunions of separated families.

Reunions are extremely emotional as many applicants are in their 70s and older and are desperate to see their loved ones before they die.