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Separated families reunite with tears in North Korea

Families separated by the Korean War more than half a decade ago embraced again through tears on Saturday at a tourist site in North Korea.

It was the first time they had seen their siblings and children since a heavily fortified border was put up between the two Koreas during the Cold War.

Seoul and Pyongyang agreed to resume family reunions after suspending the event for two years due to escalating political tension after South Korea's conservative President Lee Myung-bak took office.

Roughly 100 people from each side participated in the group reunion, but there are still thousands of people waiting for their turn, hoping to get a chance to see their siblings and children before time runs out. Most separated family members are in their 70s and 80s, and aging quickly.

Since the first reunion, which was implemented after the historic 2000 summit meeting between South Korea's late president Kim Dae-jung and North Korea's Kim Jong-il, approximately 16,000 people have participated in the family reunions.