WORLD North and South Korea exchange final lists of separated families ahead of reunions

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North and South Korea exchange final lists of separated families ahead of reunions

CGTN

02:23, August 05, 2018

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Yoo Ki-Jin, 93 years old, waits his turn to fill out application forms to reunite with his family members living in the DPRK at the ROK's Red Cross headquarters in Seoul on June 22, 2018. (Photo: VCG)

Seoul and Pyongyang exchanged the lists of people from each side who will take part in the upcoming reunion event for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, via the truce village of Panmunjom earlier Saturday, according to Yonhap News Agency. 

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The Republic of Korea (ROK) delivered a list of 93 people, while the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) handed over a list of 88 people, the Ministry of Unification (MOU) said. 

They were selected for two rounds of family reunions to be held at the Mount Kumgang resort on the DPRK's east coast from Aug. 20-26, the ministry said. 

According to Yonhap, ROK's participants will be reunited from Aug. 20-22, and DPRK's participants will be followed by a reunion from Aug. 24-26. 

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The reunion event is a follow-up on the agreements made between ROK's President Moon Jae-in and DPRK's leader Kim Jong Un during their summit in April. 

There have only been 20 brief reunion events since the end of the war in 1953. 

During the last round of reunions in October 2015, only 100 people from the ROK were chosen, and of those, 10 have since died or become too ill to travel.

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