Kim Jong Un of North Korea and Moon Jae-in of South Korea have agreed on letters to restore relations, and to improve the chances of arising from increased deterrence in nuclear negotiations.
Kim and Moon since April exchanged letters in which they talked about restoring relations between Koreans, the South Korean president’s office said in a statement on Monday. The leaders agreed to restore trust as quickly as possible.
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At 10am on Monday, both sides reopened phone numbers that had been silent for more than a year, South Korea said. The move comes on the heels of 68 years of armaments that ended in the 1950-53 Korean War.
The lines allowed for continuous communication between the two sides since the start of the war but were closed in June 2020 during another major incident in the years between the Koreans. The clash lasted that month during Kim’s reign when a communications office was blown up on the north side of the border.
Communication channels were established in 2018 after North Korean leaders Kim and Moon held a five-month conference between April and September. North Korea has accused South Korea of violating the agreement by allowing the launch of a balloon containing messages against Pyongyang as a reason to cut off communications.