This is the only official means of communication between North Korea and South Korea.
But for almost two years,the North Koreans have refused to answer the phone until Wednesday when they placed a call to the South.
Kim Jong-un has given an order to reopen the hotline between the North and the South to contact South Korea,regarding a right time for talks and sending a delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
The decision was welcomed in Seoul, a day after the government there proposed high-level talks amid a tense standoff over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.
But the US government wasn’t impressed.
We won’t take any of the talks seriously if they don’t do something to ban all nuclear weapons in North Korea.
We consider this to be a very reckless regime. We don’t think we need a band-aid and we don’t think we need to smile and take a picture.
We think that we need to have them stop nuclear weapons and they need to stop it now.
In his New Year’s speech, Kim Jong-un warned the US he had a nuclear button on his desk.
That prompted Donald Trump to continue his apparent mockery of the president he has nicknamed little rocket man.
In a Tweet, the US president wrote:I too have a nuclear button, but it’s a much bigger and more powerful one than his and my button works.
North Korea has been punished with unprecedented sanctions by the UN over its weapons programs.
The US has warned of more measures if Pyongyang conducts another missile test.