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Koreas to restart talks on reuniting families separated by war

SEOUL, South Korea --North and South Korea have started talks on restarting the reunions of family separated by the Korean War.

Monday's talks at the border village of Panmunjom were made possible after the rivals struck a deal earlier this month that eased animosity that saw them threatening war.

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The highly emotional reunions have not happened since early last year. Most applicants are in their 70s or older and desperate to see their loved ones before they die.

Many Koreans don't even know whether relatives on the other side of the border are still alive. The Koreas mostly ban the exchange of letters, phone calls or emails.

These planned reunions are not a sure thing. The rivals have a long history of failing to follow through on reconciliation efforts.