Millions of people were swept apart by the 1950-53 Korean War, which divided brothers and sisters, parents and children and husbands and wives and perpetuated the division of the Korean peninsula.
South Koreans separated from family members in North Korea gathered in the coastal city of Sokcho, Gangwon, on Sunday to prepare for a trip to North Korea's Mount Kumgang resort where the first family reunion in almost three years will be held starting Monday.
The three-day reunion - the first for three years - begins Monday at the Mount Kumgang resort in North Korea, following a rapid diplomatic thaw on the peninsula.
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All his life, Jung Han-cheol anxious that his older brother was shot dead trying to escape from the North Korean army after he was dragged to the battle field in 1951.More news: Taiwan's Diplomatic Isolation Deepens as El Salvador Defects to Beijing
North Korea pressed its demand Friday that the United States agree to declare an end to the 1950-53 Korean War, as South Korea's leader indicated that the USA secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, was preparing for his fourth visit to the North.
"That's how I remember him", Lee said. "I really wish I could meet them, visit their place, bring them here and feed them some good food".
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. According to Seoul's Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean affairs, more than 500 separated South Koreans and their family members will cross the border for two separate rounds of reunions between August 20 and 26.
During the tour, Kim said happily, "This is one of the projects I wanted to implement the most". Most of those still waiting are over 80 and the oldest participant this year, Baik Sung-kyu, is 101.
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"I had a lot of disgusting thoughts", Jung told AFP.
After 2017, the sanctions against North Korea have grown so pervasive that the scope for inter-Korean economic activity is effectively nil.
Thinking that his brother might come home, Jung has lived in the same house for decades and left Han Sik on their family registry.
Some barely recognize those relatives they do get to meet.
Over the next three days, the participants will spend only about 11 hours together, mostly under the watchful eyes of North Korean agents.More news: Jurgen Klopp reserves praise for Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk
On Monday, Kim and others chosen by lottery will finally rejoin family members from the North they haven't seen in decades.