A mother and son, who found themselves on opposite sides of the demilitarized zone during the conflict in Korea for 68 years, have met again thanks to President Donald Trump.
In an exceptional event, leaders from North and South Korea organized a family reunion event in North Korea because of improved relations between the two nations.
At the meeting between Trump and Kim in Singapore discussed denuclearization and improving global relations. As part of the negotiations, Trump requested d the return of American hostages in North Korea and secured the return of the remains of U.S. servicemen.
Trump described the meeting as “historic.”
The World has taken a big step back from potential Nuclear catastrophe! No more rocket launches, nuclear testing or research! The hostages are back home with their families. Thank you to Chairman Kim, our day together was historic!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018
The World has withdrawn from potential Nuclear catastrophe! No more rocket launches, nuclear testing or research! The hostages are back home with their families. Thank you to Chairman Kim, our day together was historic!
However, the successful talks between Chairman Kim and other world leaders haven’t only helped the American hostages to reunite with their families.
Many Korean families could take part in reunions, too, as well as one 92-year-old mother who hadn’t seen her son in 68 years.
Lee Kum and Sang Chol who were separated for 68 years, as Lee ended up in South Korea, and Sang in North Korea, enjoyed in an emotional and tearful family reunion.
The last time they saw each other, Sang was only 4-years-old.
Only 89 families were selected to take part in the brief reunification event. The meetings happened over three days and families could only spend 11 hours together in total.
Despite these family reunions are exceptional, President Moon insists that the Kim regime accelerate the process so that more families will be given an opportunity to meet their loved ones before it is too late.
According to CNN, President Moon stated, “As a member of a divided family myself, I sympathize deeply with that sadness and pain. There really is no time.”