North Korea to reopen hotline to South to discuss Olympics

North Korea to reopen hotline to South to discuss Olympics
From BBC - January 2, 2018

North Korea has said it will reopen a hotline to South Korea, to facilitate talks on its possible participation in the Winter Olympics.

The inter-Korean communications channel would be restored at 15:30 local time (06:30 GMT) on Wednesday, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

It comes after Kim Jong-un said he was "open to dialogue" with Seoul and to sending a team to the Games.

The two nations have not held high-level talks since December 2015.

The following year, North Korea cut off the communications channel, refusing to answer calls, according to officials in the South.

A North Korean official announced the hotline's re-opening in a televised statement on Tuesday.

He said the two nations would discuss the practical issues around a proposal to send a North Korean delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February.

"We will discuss working-level issues over our potential dispatch of the delegation," Yonhap quoted the official as saying.

South Korea had indicated that the North's participation in the Games would be welcomed.

In a New Year's Day speech, Mr Kim Jong-un spoke of lowering tensions and of melting "frozen North-South relations".


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