September 24, 2021

North Korea hides news of inter-Korean hotline reconnection from its people

Experts say lack of coverage shows concern about public perception amid COVID difficulties

Major North Korean state media outlets have yet to tell the country’s people about the reestablishment of inter-Korean hotlines this week, a stark contrast to the South Korean government’s jubilation.

Experts said the omission indicates Pyongyang’s wariness about public perception during the COVID-19 lockdown and difficult economic situation, as it warms to dialogue more than a year after turning its back on the South in June 2020 due to complaints about anti-DPRK leaflets.