Koreans Weep With Joy At Family Reunions
North and South Korea launched long-awaited reunions of separated families on Tuesday. Buses filled with smiling and joyous Koreans from the South crossed into the North.
Some family members have been separated for more than 60 years. "I feel really thrilled and happy," said Oh Cheol-Hwan of South Korea. "I am 77 years old, and my brother is 83 years old. I want to see him. I want to see him right away."
North and South Korea planned three days of reunions at the Kumgang Mountain resort just north of their shared border. South Korea's Unification Ministry says the first reunion group has nearly 400 people from the South, and about 140 from the North.
The Korean War from 1950 to 1953 displaced millions of people. The conflict separated families and friends.
Only 20 inter-Korean reunions have been held since 2000. For 60 years, separated families were not permitted to meet in person or exchange telephone calls or letters.
Close to 60,000 South Koreans are waiting to take part in the reunions. "I can't think of what to say," said 76-year-old South Korean Kim Ki-Joo, who planned to meet his older brother in North Korea. "We are being reunited after 65 years."
The reunions came to pass after an agreement was reached in August. Family meetings were suspended in 2010 and 2013 after tensions worsened between North and South Korea.
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1.North and South Korea began long-awaited reunions of separated families on Tuesday. Buses filled with smiling and joyous Koreans from the South crossed into the North.
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2.Close to 60,000 South Koreans are waiting to take part in the reunions. "I can't think of what to say," said 76-year-old South Korean Kim Ki-Joo, who planned to meet his older brother in North Korea. "We are being reunited after 65 years."
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周二，朝鲜和韩国的离散亲属踏上了期待已久的团圆之路 。在开往朝鲜的大巴车上满载着笑容满面的韩国人 。
他们中的一些亲属已分开长达60多年 。来自韩国的OhCheol-Hwan说：“我太激动，太幸福了 。我今年77岁了，我的哥哥已经83岁了，我好想念他，我现在就想见到他 。”
朝鲜和韩国举行了一次为期三天的离散家属团聚的活动，地点就设在边界北部的金刚山 。韩国统一部表示，第一次团聚的离散人员中有近400人来自韩国，约140人来自朝鲜 。
自2000年以来，只有20个朝韩家庭得以重聚 。60年来，离散的亲属是不允许见面的，也不允许交换联系方式以及书信往来 。
近6万名韩国人翘首以盼着跟家人重聚的机会 。76岁的韩国人Kim Ki-Joo一直期待着跟朝鲜的哥哥见上一面，他说：“见到他我该说些什么，65年了，我们终于要团聚了 。”
八月，朝韩双方达成协议后，此次团聚的活动才得以举行 。2010年到2013年间，朝鲜和韩国的局势进一步恶化，离散家庭团聚的计划也随之搁置 。