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North, South Korea hold family reunions

RIA Novosti

08:33 30/10/2010

MOSCOW, October 30 (RIA Novosti) - More than 400 South Koreans crossed into North Korea on Saturday for a short reunion with relatives separated by the Korean War in the 1950s, despite increased tensions after an exchange of fire, local media reported.

The reunions, proposed by the North's Red Cross in September, will take place at the resort of Mount Kumgang on the North's southeastern coast.

97 South Korean families will spend three days with the same number of their North Korean relatives.

The latest reunions are the first since the North's alleged sinking of one of the South's warships in March.

North and South Korean troops exchanged gunfire across the heavily fortified border on Friday, in a move that is likely to heighten tensions between the two countries ahead of the G20 summit in Seoul next month.

Another round of reunions, involving 96 South Koreans and 207 North Koreans, will be held on Wednesday-Friday at the same place.

The last reunions were held in October 2009.

More than 20,000 people have taken part in the family reunions since a landmark summit between the two Koreas in 2000.

Technically, the two countries are still at war, since no peace treaty was signed following the Korean War in 1953.

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