North Korea reopens long-disabled hotline to Seoul

Jan 03, 2018, 5:48 AM EST
Some analysts view N. Korea's conciliatory tone as an attempt to drive wedge between Seoul and Washington.
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A day after South Korea proposed high-level talks with the North over the participation of its teams in the upcoming Winter Olympics, the isolated nation responded by reopening its long-disabled hotline with Seoul on Wednesday.

While a long and tense stand-off between the two Koreas showed some signs of easing over the last week, U.S. President Donald Trump bragged about his “bigger nuclear button” in response to N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s New Year threat speech, notes Reuters.

Despite the apparent diplomatic thaw in the Korean region, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, doubted the prudence of an inter-Korean dialogue, which takes place without the North’s commitment to shun its nuclear weapons program, writes The Guardian.