Lee Su-nam says time has made his 86-year-old brother’s memory fade but that ‘everyone is still family’

The moment Lee Su-nam walked into an ornate hotel ballroom in North Korea and laid eyes on his brother for the first time in almost 70 years, he was filled with bittersweet emotions. It was a joyous reunion, but he struggled to recognise the man across from him, and will likely never see him again.

The two men wept and embraced, but both were at a loss for words and Su-nam, 76, could not think of what to say to his brother, 86-year-old Lee Jeong-song, who he thought had died long ago in the chaos and fog of the Korean war, which ended in 1953.

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