S. Koreans meet relatives in North after decades apart

Dozens of elderly and frail South Koreans met their Northern relatives Monday for the first time since the peninsula and their families were divided by war nearly seven decades ago.

The three-day reunion is the first for three years and follows a diplomatic thaw on the peninsula. The meetings began at Mount Kumgang, a scenic resort in North Korea, Seoul government officials said.

Millions of people were swept apart by the 1950-53 Korean War, which separated brothers and sisters, parents and children and husbands and wives.

Hostilities ceased with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, leaving the two Koreas technically still at war and the peninsula split by the impenetrable Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), with all direct civilian exchanges — even mundane family news — banned.

Source: Seychelles News Agency