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N. Korea reopens disconnected military line

2018/01/09 18:21

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PANMUNJOM, Korea, Jan. 9 (Joint Press Corps-Yonhap) -- North Korea reopened a disconnected military hotline to the South on Tuesday as the two Koreas held high-level talks to discuss the North's participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and ways to improve their ties.

The North notified the South that it reconnected the hotline earlier in the day, according to a South Korean government official. The line will be operating normally starting Wednesday, the government said.

North Korea severed a border communication channel and the military hotline in February 2016 in protest at Seoul's shutdown of a joint industrial complex.

The military hotline was previously used to notify the North of information regarding South Koreans moving in and out of the Kaesong Industrial Complex, just north of the inter-Korean border.

The North restored the border hotline at the shared border village of Panmunjom last week after its leader Kim Jong-un extended a rare rapprochement to Seoul.

sooyeon@yna.co.kr

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