mandag 4. oktober 2021

North Korea reopens communication and military hotline with South

Communication lines between North and South Korea have been restored for the first time in months, Seoul said in a statement Monday. The reopening follows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's vow last week to restart communication in an address to the country's rubber-stamp legislature. "North Korea has no reasons to provoke or hurt the South," Kim said at the time.

South Korea's Unification Ministry said in a statement that North Korea had responded on the joint line on Monday morning. The two countries' militaries have also restored their hotline along the east and west coasts, according to the South Korean Defense Ministry. In a message to reporters, the ministry said it hoped greater communication would help reduce tensions on the peninsula. Communications between the two countries -- including key connections between the two countries' presidential office, militaries, and spy agencies -- have long been troubled.