August 19, 2022

North Korea confirms hotline reconnection, seeks ‘big stride’ toward trust

DPRK state media reports on the agreement shortly after South Korea’s announcement

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to make a “big stride” in recovering inter-Korean trust, DPRK state media said Tuesday morning, confirming Seoul's announcement the same morning that the two Koreas agreed to restore communication lines that were cut off for more than a year.

According to the South Korean government earlier in the day, the Panmunjom and inter-Korean liaison office communication channels resumed calls after 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, and the military hotline on the western side of the peninsula was also reconnected.