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About 80 South Koreans traveled through falling snow with their families to North Korea's Diamond Mountain resort to meet children, brothers, sisters, spouses and other relatives. Seoul had said about 180 North Koreans were expected.The reunion came too late for 90-year-old Seo Jeong-suk, who died in South Korea just 15 days ago.The North, however, sent mixed signals by threatening to scrap the reunions to protest annual military drills between Seoul and Washington set to start Monday.North Korea in recent years has conducted nuclear and missile tests, and is blamed for attacks in 2010 that killed 50 South Koreans.A second group of about 360 South Koreans plans to visit the mountain resort Sunday to meet with 88 elderly North Koreans.About 28,000 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea to help deter aggression from North Korea.In 2000, South Korea created a computerized lottery system for South Koreans hoping for reunions, and since then nearly 130,000 people, most in their 70s or older, have entered. It's not known how North Korea selects people who attend reunions. South Korean media reported that the North usually chooses those loyal to its authoritarian government.
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