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Rival Koreas begin emotional reunions of Korean War-divided families

  • South Korean Kim Sung-yoon, 96, right, meets with her North Korean sister Kim Seok Ryu, 80, during the Separated Family Reunion Meeting at Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. The rival nations struck a deal last week to go ahead with brief meetings of war-divided families, though there's wariness in Seoul that Pyongyang could back out again. As they waited anxiously in the days leading up to the trip, many elderly Koreans had been unsure whether they would be able to see their long-lost relatives' faces before they die. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Lee Ji-eun) KOREA OUTThe Associated Press

  • South Korean Lee Son-hyang, 88, left, and her North Korean brother Lee Yoon Geun ,72, get emotional as they reunite during the Separated Family Reunion Meeting at Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. The rival nations struck a deal last week to go ahead with brief meetings of war-divided families, though there's wariness in Seoul that Pyongyang could back out again. As they waited anxiously in the days leading up to the trip, many elderly Koreans had been unsure whether they would be able to see their long-lost relatives' faces before they die. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Lee Ji-eun) KOREA OUTThe Associated Press

  • Buses carrying South Koreans cross the border line to Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea, at Goseong, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. About 500 South Koreans will be reunited with their North Korean relatives at the Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea from Feb. 20 to 25. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Lee Jong-geun) KOREA OUTThe Associated Press

  • Buses carrying South Koreans cross the border line to Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea, at Goseong, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. About 500 South Koreans will be reunited with their North Korean relatives at the Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea from Feb. 20 to 25. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Lee Jong-geun) KOREA OUTThe Associated Press

Elderly North and South Koreans separated for six decades are tearfully reuniting, grateful to embrace children, brothers, sisters and spouses they had thought they might never see again.

About 80 elderly South Koreans traveled Thursday through falling snow with their families to North Korea's Diamond Mountain to reunite with relatives they hadn't seen since the 1950-53 Korean War. Seoul says about 180 North Koreans were expected.

South Korean TV showed elderly women in traditional hanbok dresses talking and hugging at the resort. Stooped men wiped away tears with their handkerchiefs. Another old man was wheeled into the meeting room on a stretcher, a blue blanket wrapped tightly around him.

More reunions are planned through Tuesday. This round of reunions, the first since 2010, comes amid a North Korean charm offensive.