The reopening follows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s pledge last week to restore communication while addressing the country’s rubberstamp legislature.
“North Korea has no reason to provoke or hurt the South,” Kim said.
In June 2020, North Korea withdrew from ongoing dialogue, citing outrage over propaganda leaflets workers being sent across the border. This July, North Korea briefly restored communication lines – only to cut them again two weeks later.
North Korean state media reported, “The South Korean authority should deeply appreciate the meaning of the restoration of North-South communication lines and repair North-South relations and make proactive efforts to resolve the important issues that may arise.” There are pre-requisites to open a bright path.” .
South Korea called for rapprochement at the United Nations last month, with President Moon Jae-in suggesting that two Koreas with the US, or two Koreas with the US and China, “declare that the war on the Korean peninsula is over.” His address to the United Nations General Assembly.