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Global Geopolitical Series: Tensions thaw in Korean peninsula as North to reopen communications hotline with South

After South Korea announced yesterday that it would hold high-level talks with North Korean counterparts on January 9th ahead of the Winter Olympics to be held in Seoul to discuss North’s participation and other important matters aimed at improving ties between the two nations, the tensions thaw further as North Korea announced that it would reopen the border hotline for further communications and negotiations with the South.

After North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-Un signaled that he and his nation stand ready for talks and improving relations with the Southern neighbor, The North will open dialogue at 7:00 am GMT (3:00 pm Pyongyang time) at the shared border village of Panmunjom, according to South Korea’s news agency Yonhap. Seoul's presidential office welcomed the reconciliatory message, and the unification minister suggested holding talks next week in the demilitarized zone along the inter-Korean border.

There has been no inter-Korean communication since February 2016, when Pyongyang cut the channels in protest at Seoul’s closing down of a joint industrial complex which employed North Koreans.

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