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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.
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.
(Lee Ji-eun/Associated Press)

NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE

How a few, frail cross-border hugs bridges the Korean divide

The road to the Mount Kumgang resort runs north through the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas. Before a tourist was shot in 2008 and South Korea halted travel there, it was traversed by buses carrying sightseers into one of the only corners of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea easily accessible to the outside world.