North Korea resumes inter-Korean hotline on Monday, calling for repair of inter-Korean summit

File photo: The North Korean flag flutters next to a bellows-shaped wire fence at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 9, 2017. REUTERS / Edgar Su

October 3, 2021

Shin Hyun Hee

Seoul (Reuters)-North Korea said on Monday that it would restore the South Korean hotline that had been cut off from Monday, but urged South Korea to step up efforts to improve relations, state media KCNA reported. ..

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced his intention to reopen the hotline last week https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/nkoreas-kim-expresses-willingness-restore-inter-korean-hotline -kcna-2021 North Korea discontinued in early August-09-29 https: //www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/nkorea-says-us-skorea-face-security-threats-with-military- drills-2021 -08-09 was only a few days after protesting a joint South Korean and US military exercise and resuming it for the first time in a year.

The official Korean Central News Agency said the line would be reconnected on Monday at 9 am (Greenwich Mean Time 1200), but Seoul regained tense cross-border relations without giving details. Asked to carry out a “task” to do.

Kim urged South Korea to abandon its “double standard” https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/north-korea-says-suggestion-declare-end-korean-war-is -premature-kcna- 2021-09-23 and “Delusion” https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/nkoreas-kim-expresses-willingness-restore-inter-korean-hotline-kcna-2021- 09-29 North Korea’s self-defense military activities while developing its own weapons.

“Korean authorities should make positive efforts to get the North-South relations on the right track and solve important issues that must be prioritized to open up a bright outlook for the future,” KCNA said.

Tensions increased after the hotline was cut, and North Korea warned of a security crisis https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/nkorea-warns-security-crisis-if-us- skorea-escalate-tensions -2021-08-10 and launch a series of new missiles, including supersonic speeds https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/nkorea-says-it-conducted-anti-aircraft -missile-test-yesterday -kcna-2021-09-30 Missile, anti-aircraft https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/nkorea-says-it-conducted-anti-aircraft-missile-test-yesterday -kcna- 2021-09-30 Missiles and “Strategic” Cruises https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/nkorea-test-fires-long-range-cruise-missile-kcna-2021- 09-12 A missile with potential nuclear capabilities.

The launch is a way for isolated nations to constantly develop increasingly sophisticated weapons amid deadlocked negotiations aimed at dismantling nuclear and missile programs in exchange for easing U.S. sanctions. Emphasized.

North Korea has accused Washington of “hostile policy” but said it was ready to restore North-South relations https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/nkorea-could-consider- an-inter-korean-summit -if-respect-assured-kcna-2021-09-25 And consider another summit https://www.reuters.com/world/china/exclusive-north-south- korea-talks-over-summit-reopening-liaison-if Seoul drops the double standard, office-sources-2021-07-28.

Analysts say North Korea’s carrot and stick approach has secured international recognition as a nuclear-weapon state, relying on South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in’s enthusiasm to build a diplomatic heritage in front of him. The term ends in May, which says it aims to promote a wedge between South Korea and South Korea.

(Report by Hyonhee Shin, edited by Daniel Wallis)

North Korea resumes inter-Korean hotline on Monday, calling for repair of inter-Korean summit

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