North and South Korea Recover Hotline: “Working on Mutual Trust”

North and South Korea have restored the hotline between the two countries, the South Korean Presidents office announced Tuesday.

The phone line was closed by the north in June 2020. Shortly thereafter, a shared office in the demilitarized zone was blown up by the North Koreans. The office needed to improve cooperation between the two countries, blowing it up meant the end of official contacts between the two countries for a long time.

But the leaders of both countries, North Korean Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, have exchanged personal letters since April to improve the relationship between the two countries.

They agreed to be the first step to restore the hotline, according to the presidential office in a statement. The two leaders also agreed to restore mutual trust between the two Koreas as soon as possible and continue the relationship again.