October 23, 2021

A hotline history: Why North Korea changes the game when it picks up the phone

The Kim regime has dictated the pace of events on the peninsula by choosing when — and when not — to answer the phone

North Korea is picking up the phone again, and history shows that major developments in inter-Korean relations could be just around the corner.

On Tuesday morning, both North and South Korea confirmed that key communication channels had been reestablished, after nearly 13 months of silence from Pyongyang since it cut all its hotlines with Seoul in June 2020.