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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) in an unknown location in North Korea in This particular undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 15, 2017.
South Korean officials no longer have to use a bullhorn to communicate messages to their reclusive neighbor to the North.
A direct phone line was installed along with tested Friday, connecting South Korea’s Blue House, the official residence along with office of President Moon Jae-in, along with the North’s State Affairs Commission, where leader Kim Jong Un’s power can be consolidated.
“The call quality was very not bad along with we felt like we got a call via our next-door neighbor,” South Korea’s director for the Government Situation Room, Youn Kun-young, told reporters after the four-minute call.
The hotline also reportedly features a screen for video chats as well as a fax system.
The move signals a reduction in tensions on the Korean peninsula ahead of next week’s face-to-face summit, the first since 2007, between the leaders of North Korea along with South Korea.
Notably, the April 27 meeting can be set to take place inside the South Korean village of Panmunjom, which would certainly make Kim the first North Korean leader to cross the 38th parallel since the Korean War.
“This particular direct line between ROK along with DPRK senior leaders greatly reduces any chance of miscommunication which might lead to unnecessarily provocative actions,” retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, a senior defense fellow for Defense Priorities, told CNBC.
Davis, who served as an advisor to the Second Republic of Korea Army during his military career, noted which the meeting between the two Koreas sets a groundwork for a potential meeting between President Donald Trump along with Kim.