As the world witnessed how two Korean territories exchanges remarks that would yield into a war, North Korea has reopened its line of communication with South Korea.
North Korea has reopened a hotline to its rival nation, almost two years after it was disabled on the orders of leader Kim Jong-un.
In order to confirmed the news, South Korea officials said it had received a call from the North at 15:30 local time (06:30 GMT) on Wednesday.
It can be traced that the North Korean leader had issued a pronouncement that he was open to dialogue with Seoul and to sending a team to the Winter Olympics in the South next month.
Meanwhile, the two Korean nations have not held high-level talks since December 2015.
According to SoKor officials, North Korea cut off the communications channel shortly afterwards, refusing to answer calls.
The reopening of telephone line was announced through television by one of its high-ranking official.
The announcement was carried out by the chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, Ri Son-gwon, made the statement, saying he was speaking “upon authorisation of Kim Jong-un”. The news was quite strange because normally news like these was read by its senior newscaster.
The initial call was brief as checks are still being carried out on the line, according to South Korean officials.
North Korea said the aim would be for the two nations to discuss the practical issues around sending a North Korean delegation to the Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
The press secretary for South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said the restoration of this communications channel was “very significant”.
“It creates an environment where communication will be possible at all times,” SoKor press secretary said.
According to the South Korean Unification Ministry, there are a total of 33 direct lines that North and South Korea once used to communicate with each other.
This particular phone line, established in 1971, is based in Panmunjom.
The border village, in the heavily guarded demilitarised zone (DMZ), is where the Koreas have historically held talks.