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North and South Korean families reunited after 60 years

Updated 0801 GMT (1601 HKT) February 21, 2014
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Families torn apart for more than 60 years -- separated by the Korean War -- were given the chance to reunite for few hours at a mountain resort. Here, South Korean Ryu Young-Shik (L), 92, meets with his North Korean relatives. Getty Images
South Korean Park Yang-Gon (L) meets with his North Korean brother Park Yang-Soo. Without any regular forms of communications between the two Koreas, the family members have gone decades without contact. Getty Images
South Korean Kim Sung-Yoon (R), 96, meets with her North Korean sister. The meetings are likely to be the last time the separated families will have contact with one another. Getty Images
South Korean Lee Oh-Hwan (L), 85, meets with her North Korean sisters. The negotiations leading to the reunions were painstaking, reflecting the tensions between North and South Korean governments. Getty Images
South Korean Lee Young-Shil (R), 88, meets with her North Korean sister Lee Jung-Shil. The rarity of inter-Korea reunions meant that even participants in ill health insisted on going to Mount Kumgang for the event, desperate for a chance to see their relatives. Getty Images
Lee Duk-Haeng (L), the head of South Korea's family reunion delegation, shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart Park Yong-Il (R) after their meeting on February 5, 2014 in Panmunjom, North Korea. Trust remains tenuous in the peninsula. Getty Images