Two Koreas agree to reconnect military hotline near West Sea
An official from Seoul's Unification Ministry announced Thursday evening that both sides had agreed to reconnect the severed hotline at 9 a.m. Friday.
Officials from the two Koreas had been locked in talks at the Gaeseong Industrial Complex for nine hours.
Earlier in the day, the two sides were looking to smooth out issues related to customs, communications and personnel safety at the inter-Korean factory park once operations there resume.
At the top of the agenda during the talks was the reconnection of the severed military hotline near the West Sea, which the North cut in March amid inter-Korean tensions.
The South has put emphasis on the hotline because people were only able to gain entry to and exit from the complex after getting approval from the Joint Security Area at Panmunjeom, and only during working hours.
In those times that Panmunjeom is closed, the military hotline near the West Sea keeps the line of communication open in the event of an emergency.
"With North Korea's promise to reconnect the severed military hotline, there is fresh hope that the two Koreas will be able to set a date for reopening the Gaeseong Complex, at the second joint committee meeting scheduled for next Tuesday.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News."
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