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World Two Koreas agree to restore severed communications

08:02  27 july  2021
08:02  27 july  2021 Source:   afp.com

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) is credited with brokering the rapprochement between North Korea and the United States in 2018. Seoul (AFP) - North and South Korea said Tuesday they had restored cross-border communications , more than a year after Pyongyang severed all official “The two leaders also agreed to restore mutual trust between the two Koreas as soon as possible and move forward with the relationship again,” it added. The dovish South Korean president is credited with brokering the first-ever summit between North Korea and a sitting US president in Singapore in June

"The two leaders also agreed to restore mutual trust between the two Koreas as soon as possible and move forward with the relationship again." The dovish Moon is credited with brokering the first-ever summit between North Korea and a sitting US president in Singapore in June 2018. Analysts said Tuesday's restoration of the inter- Korean hotlines signalled Kim's initial response to Washington's talks offer. "It looks like he has decided that restoring inter- Korean relations is beneficial to the North's both domestic and foreign policies and politics," Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North

North and South Korea said Tuesday they had restored cross-border communications, more than a year after Pyongyang severed all official hotlines between the two rivals, who technically remain at war.

Donald Trump et al. standing in front of a crowd: South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) is credited with brokering the rapprochement between North Korea and the United States in 2018 © KCNA VIA KNS South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) is credited with brokering the rapprochement between North Korea and the United States in 2018

The North unilaterally cut off all official military and political communication links with the South in June last year after threats over activists sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border.

The suspension came with inter-Korean ties at a standstill, despite three summits between the North's Kim Jong Un and the South's President Moon Jae-in in 2018.

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South Korea says the leaders of North and South Korea have agreed to restore suspended communication channels and improve ties. The presidential office in Seoul said President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reached such an agreement during several rounds of exchanges of letters since April. The Blue House says the two Koreas tested their communication channel on Tuesday morning.

The two leaders agreed to “ restore mutual confidence and develop their relationships again as soon as possible,” Blue House spokesman Park Soo Hyun said in a televised briefing. Park said the two Koreas subsequently reopened communication channels on Tuesday morning. Last year, North Korea cut off all communication channels with South Korea in protest of what it calls South Korea ’ s failure to stop activists from floating anti-Pyongyang leaflets across their border. Some experts said the North Korean action signaled the North had grown frustrated that Seoul has failed to revive lucrative

But in a surprise announcement, the two sides said all communication lines were restored on Tuesday morning.

"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 North's official KCNA news agency reported.


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The leaders of the two Koreas have exchanged personal letters since April aimed at improving ties, Moon's office said in a statement, and agreed to restore the hotlines as the first step.

"The two leaders also agreed to restore mutual trust between the two Koreas as soon as possible and move forward with the relationship again," it added.

The dovish South Korean president is credited with brokering the first-ever summit between North Korea and a sitting US president in Singapore in June 2018.

But Pyongyang largely cut off contact with Seoul following the collapse of a second summit between Kim and then US president Donald Trump in Hanoi that left nuclear talks at a standstill.

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