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North And South Korean Relatives Reunite For First Time

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DIAMOND MOUNTAIN, NORTH KOREA -

It's a reunion 60 years in the making. Hundreds of elderly North and South Koreans separated by the Korean War meet face to face for the first time.

The reunion took place at North Korea's Diamond Mountain Resort. The resort is about 50 kilometers away from South Korea. While an increasingly popular South Korean tourist attraction, on this day, there wasn't a dry eye in the place.

Relatives hugged each other and shed tears of joy and disbelief, as divided families come together once again.

It's the first reunion since 2010, and to some, a positive sign for North and South relations.

A second group of about 360 South Koreans are expected to arrive at the resort on Sunday (2/23) to meet their relatives.

The Korean War armistice was signed on July 27th, 1953. Though the fighting stopped that day, the two sides are still officially at war. The Demilitarized zone near the 38th parallel still separates the two Koreas today. The totalitarian-ruled North and the Democratic South are worlds apart. Many families were separated after the armistice and still remain separated.

"We were able to come all the way here because the Great Leader [North Korean leader Kim Jong Un] made provisions," said one of the North Korean relatives.

Kim Cheol-Lim, her South Korean sister, was all about the reunion and nothing else, "I can't believe this is happening. It's been 70 years."

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