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North, South Korea Reopen Communication Line

The South Korean Presidency announced Tuesday that Seoul and Pyongyang reopened communication between them, adding that South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un agreed to build trust and improve ties between the two countries.

“According to the agreement made between the top leaders, the North and the South took measures to re-operate all inter-Korean communication liaison lines from 10:00 on July 27,” KCNA, the official state news agency of North Korea, stated.

“We expect the restoration of the South-North communications lines to make positive contributions to improving and developing bilateral relations,” ​said Park Soo-hyun, President Moon’s spokesman.

Pyongyang unilaterally cut all official communication channels with South Korea in protest of floating anti-Pyongyang leaflets across their border. The two leaders have been exchanging personal letters since April intending to improve ties between the two countries, according to Seoul.

North Korea cut all communication despite three summits between North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in held in 2018.