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N. Korea's media report on weeklong reunions of war-torn families

North Korea's media reported Monday on the weeklong reunions of hundreds of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

South and North Korea held the event in two rounds from Aug. 20-26 at Mount Kumgang, a scenic resort on the North's east coast. It is part of the promise their leaders made during a summit in April.

"There ended the reunion of separated families and relatives from the north and the south held at Mt Kumgang Resort as part of practical measures for implementing the historic Panmunjom declaration," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in an English article, referring to the April summit deal.

"At the end of the reunion they promised to meet again on the day when the country will be reunified and said goodbye," it added.

This photo taken by the Joint Press Corps shows an elderly North Korean woman bidding a tearful farewell to her South Korean family members after participating in reunions at Mount Kumgang from Aug. 24-26, 2018. (Yonhap)

Hundreds of the families met for first time since the Korean War ended with an armistice, which left the two Koreas technically in a state of war.

In the weeklong event, the first batch of families met from Aug. 20-22, followed by another set of meetings from Aug. 24-26.

The KCNA reported on the family reunions after the first round ended Wednesday. But the Rodong Sinmun, a major North Korean newspaper mostly for domestic readers, has been mum on the event. (yonhap)

Hillary Kang  edt@koreapost.com

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