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S.Korean old people head for inter-Korean separated family reunions

Xinhuanet 2003-06-27 10:34:50

””””SEOUL, June 27 (Xinhuanet) -- South Korean elderly people along with some 150 visitors left Sokcho, Gangwon province earlier Friday for Mount Geumgang in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for a three-day separated family reunions.

””””The 99 South Korean old people will meet their relatives living in the DPRK for the first time after the Korea War (1950-1953) in the DPRK resort, reported national news agency Yonhap News.

””””The new round of separated family reunions is the first one since South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun came to office in February.

””””The seventh round of family reunions coincided with the resumption of the Mount Geumgang tour. Pyongyang halted allowing South Korean visitors to go to the mountain for preventing of the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Seoul and Pyongyang agreed to resume the project in the wake of the improvedsituation around the world.

””””On June 30, a group of 100 DPRK seniors will also arrive in themountain on a three-day trip day to hold a similar reunion with 476 long-lost kin from South Korea. Enditem


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