» 02/20/2014, 00.00
Amid tears and anger, Korea's family reunions take place
Despite threats from Pyongyang, a group of South Koreans left this morning for Mt Kumgang to embrace their loved ones. Participants are mostly very old, afraid they might not recognise their relatives. The son of one of the participants is upset by the nature of the meetings. "My father is 92 years old," he said, and he will see his other son for the first time. "I believe it would be better if (the separated families) were allowed to write letters to one another, rather than attend a one-off reunion".
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Pyongyang handing out extra food to families separated by the war
Rice, eggs and liqueurs are among food items (along with propaganda badges), the government has handed out to North Koreans with relatives in South Korea. The regime wants to make them look healthier in view of possible family reunions, perhaps for the 70th anniversary of Korea’s independence from Japan.
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Some 1,200 South Koreans from separated families have died in the first quarter of the year
The number of South Koreans waiting to meet northern relatives is decreasing rapidly. In 1988 there were more than 131,000; now there are 61,000, 43 per cent over 80, and 19.4 per cent over 90.
Seoul and Pyongyang agree: family reunions to be held on February 20
The representatives of the two governments open up to the possibility of holding meetings both directly and via the Internet. The North accepts the conditions of the South, but hopes that Seoul will cancel joint military exercises with the United States. The lat round of reunions (September 2013) was canceled at the last moment .
Family reunions, Pyongyang allows a South Korean team's trip to the North
The group will check facilities for the reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, still scheduled for February 20. Washington and Seoul vowed to go ahead with joint military exercises.
No deal on family reunions
Seoul and Pyongyang plan a new meeting on the issue, but the programme has not yet been re-started. South Korea announces new joint naval exercises with the United States.
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