SEOUL, South Korea – Two Koreans on Monday returned calls from North Korea last month, with Pyongyang urging Seoul to step up its efforts to improve relations after criticism of two actions over weapons development.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed his desire last week to renew calls, launched by North Korea in early August in protest of South Korea’s military alliance with the US, just days after the first reopening of the year.
The Pyongyang news agency KCNA had said the phones would be reconnected on Monday at 9 am (Sunday at 8 pm ET).
The South stressed that double-daily communications were resumed on time through military checkpoints and other protests by the University Ministry, outside the detention center set up at an international trade cruise ship.
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The hotline is a rare tool to break up competitors, but it was unclear whether their reunification would help return to negotiations aimed at destroying North Nuclear and nuclear weapons to restore U.S. prestige.
The KCNA called on Seoul to do its “job” of resolving the border crossings, repeating Kim’s statement last week that she had decided to reinstate the lines to help fulfill people’s hopes for a peaceful and peaceful life.
In his remarks, Kim urged South Korea to refrain from “glory” and “deception” over North Korean defense forces while developing their weapons.
“South Korean authorities should do their best to put North-South ties in its path and set priorities that need to be put forward to open up a brighter future,” KCNA said.
Seoul’s defense ministry said the phones had helped prevent unexpected conflicts and their opening relied on to reduce military instability.
The Unification Ministry, which oversees Korea’s reconciliation, expressed hope that it would be able to resume talks soon on ways to restore relations and promote peace.
In Washington, a spokesman for the US State Department said it strongly supported Korea’s partnership, calling the reconnected lines “an important factor in creating a stable environment on the Korean Peninsula.”
Conflict had erupted since the phones were discontinued, with North Korea warning of a security crisis and firing a series of new missiles, including a hypersonic weapon, an anti-aircraft weapon, and a nuclear-powered “cruise” weapon.
The results showed how the world alone is constantly developing more and more weapons, raising the bar at nuclear disarmament talks.
While accusing Washington of “heinous law,” Pyongyang said it wanted to improve relations between Korea and consider another alliance if Seoul falls twice.
Analysts say the North-and-North North Strategy is aimed at gaining international recognition as a nuclear weapon and a wedge movement between the United States and South Korea, relying on South Korean President Moon Jae-in to create a political legacy before his term expires next year.