Pyongyang and Seoul restore communication channels

© KEYSTONE/AP South Korea Unification Ministry via Yonhap

Pyongyang and Seoul have agreed to restore their communication channels, the South Korean presidency announced on Tuesday. North Korea unilaterally cut off all official channels of military and political communication in June 2020.

She had taken this decision after denouncing the sending on her territory of anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets by militants based in South Korea. This suspension came against the backdrop of the deadlock in inter-Korean discussions, two years after the three summits that brought together North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in 2018.

But to everyone’s surprise, the two camps, which are still technically at war, announced that all communications had been restored on Tuesday morning.

“In accordance with the agreement between the two most senior leaders, the North and the South have taken the step of operating all inter-Korean lines of communication again from July 27, 10:00 am,” the official agency reports. North Korean KCNA.

Negotiations stalled

The two leaders have exchanged personal letters since April aimed at improving relations, the South Korean presidency said in a statement. They decided, as a first step, to restore communications.

Mr. Moon was one of the main architects of the 2018 inter-Korean rapprochement, which took place against the backdrop of the Pyeongchang Olympics. It had led to the first summit in history between a North Korean leader and a sitting US president, in this case Donald Trump.

This first meeting took place in June 2018 in Singapore and was followed by two other interviews between MM. Kim and Trump. The inter-Korean process and the negotiations on the nuclear and ballistic programs of the North have stalled since the fiasco of the Kim-Trump summit of February 2019 in Hanoi.

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