S. Koreans cross into North for second family reunion

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SEOUL: Some 250 mostly elderly South Koreans crossed into North Korea on Saturday for a second round of emotional meetings with relatives they have either never met or last saw more than six decades ago. The cross-border trip came two days after hundreds of other families from both sides wrapped up a three-day reunion on Thursday in the North Korean resort of Mount Kumgang. The second group of families bringing gift packages, including clothes, watches, medicine, food and—in most cases—around $1,500 in cash are to meet relatives from Saturday to Monday. The family reunion was only the second in the past five years—the result of an agreement the two Koreas reached in August to ease tensions that had pushed them to the brink of armed conflict. But interaction was tightly controlled—limited to six, two-hour sessions, including meetings in a communal hall and private one-on-one time without TV cameras.

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