October 27, 2021

North Korea answers inter-Korean hotline for first time in nearly 2 months

Unification ministry says two Koreas spoke Monday morning following Kim Jong Un speech at 14th Supreme People’s Assembly

After nearly two months of silence, North Korea began answering calls from South Korea on inter-Korean hotlines on Monday, according to Seoul’s Ministry of Unification (MOU) and Ministry of National Defense (MND).

The ministries confirmed that calls were successfully made at 9 a.m. KST through the North-South joint liaison office channel and east and west coast military hotlines. The restoration of the communication lines "lays the foundation for stabilizing the situation on the Korean Peninsula and restoring inter-Korean relations," according to the MOU.