North and South Korea restore communication hotline

North and South Korea restore communication hotline
Seoul's presidential office says the leaders of both Koreas are exchanging letters. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: South and North Korea have restored a communication hotline after a year that was cut off by Pyongyang last June.

The leaders of both countries have agreed to rebuild trust and improve ties, according to the South’s presidential office.

The Blue House added that two leaders have exchanged multiple personal letters since April.

North Korea cut the hotline last year as relations soured after a failed summit between the two countries.

North Korea blew up an inter-Korean office near the border shortly afterwards, which was built with the intention of helping them communicate.

AFP news agency quoting North Korea’s official KCNA news agency: “According to the agreement made between the top leaders, the north and the South took a measure to re-operate all inter-Korean communication liaison lines from 10:00 on July 27. The two leaders also agreed to restore mutual trust between the two Koreas as soon as possible and move forward with the relationship again.”

Relations between South and North Korea improved in 2018, when North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met three times.

But this quickly broke down following the collapse of a second summit between then US President Donald Trump and Mr Kim.

Tensions between the two countries later worsened, prompted by defector groups in the South sending propaganda across the border.

This eventually led North Korea to cut off all political and military communication links, including a hotline between their leaders.

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