North, South Korea Restore Cross-Border Hotline After Months of Suspension

North and South Korea have restored their direct communication lines on Oct. 4, two months after North Korea cut the cross-border hotline to protest against South Korea’s joint military exercise with the United States.

South Korea’s Unification Ministry confirmed the restoration of the hotline, saying that it “laid the ground for bringing the relations between the two Koreas back on track”..

“The government hopes to begin and advance substantive discussions on improving inter-Korean relations and making peace take root on the Korean Peninsula, along with implementing agreements between the two Koreas,” the Unification Ministry further said.

Earlier, North Korea’s state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that North Korea decided to restore the communication lines from 9 a.m. local time on Oct. 4.

“The South Korean authorities should make positive efforts to put the north-south ties on a right track and settle the important tasks which must be prioritized to open up the bright prospect in the future,” KCNA also said, without specifying what the “tasks” are.

North Korea had refused to respond to South Korea’s calls since August to protest against South Korea’s combined military drills with the U.S.

The move comes days after North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un said that he was willing to restore the hotline with South Korea.

The move also comes after North Korea’s recent missile tests. In less than a month, it has test-fired four missiles.

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