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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. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Lee Ji-eun)

Koreas begin reunions of separated families

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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. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Lee Ji-eun)
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South Korean Lee Young-shil, 87, right, meets with her North Korean sister Lee Jong Shil, 84, during the Separated Family Reunion Meeting at Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Lee Ji-eun)
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South Korean Lee Oh-hwan, left, 85, meets wit her North Korean family sisters during the Separated Family Reunion Meeting at Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Korea Pool, Kim Ju-sung)

– 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.

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