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Koreas exchange names of separated families ahead of reunions

All Headlines 13:57 August 04, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 4 (Yonhap) -- South and North Korea have exchanged the final lists of their people who will take part in the planned family reunions later this month, the unification ministry said Saturday.

The two Koreas exchanged the lists with each other at the border village of Panmunjom. They earlier agreed to hold the event involving 100 people from each side, but the final numbers were not immediately available.

The families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War are scheduled to meet at North Korea's Mount Kumgang from Aug. 20-26, according to the Ministry of Unification.

The event is a follow-up on the pledge made at the summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in April. It will mark the first of its kind since October 2015.

In this photo taken Aug. 4, 2018, officials from the Korean Red Cross leave for the border village of Panmunjom to exchange the final lists of separated families selected to join planned family reunions later this month with their North Korean counterparts. (Yonhap)

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