SEOUL, June 15 (Yonhap) — The unification ministry urged North Korea on Tuesday to restore inter-Korean communication lines immediately as this week marks one year since the cross-border communication lines were suspended.
On June 16 last year, the North vowed to cut off all communication lines with the South and even blew up an inter-Korean liaison office in its border city of Kaesong in anger over anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets coming in from the South.
“The inter-Korean communication channel must be immediately restored without any conditions… we urge North Korea to restore the inter-Korean communication lines,” the ministry official said.
“The inter-Korean communication channel is the most fundamental means of communication, and the two Koreas have agreed to maintain such a channel several times,” she added.
Relations between the two Koreas have remained chilly, with the North not responding to offers for talks and cross-border cooperation since a no-deal summit between Pyongyang and Washington in February 2019.
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