January 3, 2018 / 4:41 AM / 2 months ago

N.Korean leader orders border hotline with S.Korea reopened on Wednesday

SEOUL, Jan 3 (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has given an order to open a long-closed border hotline with South Korea at 0630 GMT on Wednesday for talks, an unidentified North Korean official announced in a televised statement.

The talks would aim to establish formal dialogue about sending a North Korean delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, the official said.

The statement came a day after South Korea proposed high-level discussions with North Korea following Kim’s earlier New Year’s address, in which he said he was open to speaking with Seoul. (Reporting by Christine Kim; Editing by Paul Tait)

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