The Weekend Leader - N.Korea remains unresponsive to Seoul's hotline calls

N.Korea remains unresponsive to Seoul's hotline calls

Seoul

27-September-2021

photo: IANS

North Korea remained unresponsive to South Korea's calls via liaison and military hotlines on Monday despite cautious optimism created after the sister of Pyongyang's leader Kim Jong-un said the two Koreas could discuss improvement in long-strained relations.

"North Korea did not answer our opening call through the South-North joint liaison office at 9 a.m.," Yonhap News Agency quoted a Unification Ministry official said.

A official also said a call via the military hotline went unanswered.


Kim Yo-jong, the powerful sister of the North Korean leader, issued two statements last week in which she said the two Koreas could discuss improvement in inter-Korean relations, re-establishment of the Kaesong liaison office and even a summit on conditions that Seoul drops its double-standard and hostile attitudes against it.

The statements followed President Moon Jae-in's offer for a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War in his UN speech.

The Unification Ministry saw Kim's statements as positive and expressed hope for the resumption of cross-border communication and dialogue.

Inter-Korean relations have remained in a deadlock since the no-deal summit between the US and North Korea in early 2019.

The ties chilled further after North Korea blew up the Kaesong liaison office and cut off all cross-border communication lines in protest of anti-Pyongyang leaflets sent from the South.

The lines were briefly back online in late July but the North has not answered Seoul's regular calls twice a day again as it bristled at joint military drills by South Korea and the US - IANS



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