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North Korea on Monday restored its lines of communication with South Korea after a period of intensive missile tests and megaphone diplomacy.
The South Korean Association Ministry on Monday confirmed that North Korea had answered a call at 09:00, adding that the resume contact “Lay the foundations for stabilizing the situation on the Korean Peninsula and restoring inter-Korean relations”.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un told the Supreme People’s Assembly last week that Pyongyang’s intention to restore the inter-Korean hotlines, which were last cut in August, ahead of joint military exercises by South Korea and the United States.
According to North Korean media, Kim declares that the rebuilding of contacts’ is part of the efforts to realize the expectation and desire of the whole nation that wants the current difficult inter-Korean relations to be rehabilitated as soon as possible and wants lasting peace have to be established on the Korean Peninsula ”.
“We have no intention or reason to provoke South Korea or an idea to hurt it,” Kim said, according to North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun. ‘South Korea must quickly emerge from the wild dream that it must deter North Korea’s provocation and the serious crisis awareness and victim mentality.
Apart from a short period this summer, the helplines did not work for more than a year thereafter. North Korea blows up inter-Korean liaison office near the country’s border with South Korea. They destroyed the office in June 2020, apparently in retaliation for attempts by apostates and human rights groups to send anti-Kim material to the closed country.
A series of missile tests conducted by North and South Korea during September, and Seoul’s efforts to gather international support for the mitigation of sanctions imposed by Pyongyang, highlighted the differences in approach between the US and the pro- engagement administration of Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president.
North Korea has been testing in recent weeks with ballistic, long-range vessels, hypersonic and anti-aircraft missile systems launched by the train. At the same time, Kim Yo Jong, the sister of the dictator, who was elevated to the country’s powerful state affair last week, rejected Seoul and Washington for their ‘hostile policies’ towards the north.
Unlike the US, South Korea, which launched a ballistic missile with a submarine, tested last month, refrained from describing the North’s missile tests as ‘provocation’. Rather, it called for a resumption of dialogue and for the international community to consider easing sanctions.
Analysts have argued that Kim is likely to test Seoul’s appetite for further stays examines the willingness of the Biden administration, which opposes the easing of sanctions for greater diplomatic involvement.