HERE'S WHAT KIM JONG UN AND MOON JAE

Koreas restore communication channels, agree khổng lồ improve ties

South Korean President Moon Jae-in và North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reached the agreement.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in & North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reached the agreement during several exchanges of letters since April, the presidential office in Seoul said. | Korea Summit Press Pool/AP, file


SEOUL, South Korea — North and South Korea have restored suspended communication channels between them và their leaders agreed lớn improve ties, both governments said Tuesday, despite a 2 ½ year-stalemate in U.S.-led diplomacy aimed at stripping North Korea of its nuclear weapons.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in & North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reached the agreement during several exchanges of letters since April, the presidential office in Seoul said.


The two leaders agreed khổng lồ “restore mutual confidence và develop their relationships again as soon as possible,” xanh House spokesman Park Soo Hyun said in a televised briefing. Park said the two Koreas subsequently reopened communication channels on Tuesday morning.


North Korea’s state truyền thông quickly confirmed the South Korean announcement.

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“Now, the whole Korean nation desires to lớn see the North-South relations recovered from setback & stagnation as early as possible,” the official Korean Central News Agency said. “In this regard, the top leaders of the North and the South agreed to lớn make a big stride in recovering the mutual trust và promoting reconciliation by restoring the cutoff inter-Korean communication liaison lines through the recent several exchanges of personal letters.”


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In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a Workers" buổi tiệc ngọt meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Kim warned about possible food shortages và called for his people lớn brace for extended COVID-19 restrictions as he opened a major political conference lớn discuss national efforts khổng lồ salvage a broken economy. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Independent journalists were not given access khổng lồ cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP) | Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

Last year, North Korea cut off all communication channels with South Korea in protest of what it calls South Korea’s failure lớn stop activists from floating anti-Pyongyang leaflets across their border. Some experts said the North Korean kích hoạt signaled the North had grown frustrated that Seoul has failed khổng lồ revive lucrative inter-Korean economic projects & persuade the United States to lớn ease sanctions.

The nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang have made little headway since early 2019, when the second of three summits between Kim & then-President Donald Trump collapsed. Kim has since threatened to lớn bolster his nuclear arsenal and build more sophisticated weapons unless the Americans lifts policies the North considers hostile — believed to lớn refer to lớn the longstanding U.S-led sanctions.

Some experts earlier said North Korea may be compelled to lớn reach out lớn the United States or South Korea if its economic difficulties worsen. Mismanagement, storm damage và border shutdowns during the coronavirus pandemic have further depleted North Korea’s economy & Kim in recent speeches called for his people to brace for prolonged COVID-19 restrictions. While his remarks may indicate the potential for a worsening economic situation, outside monitoring groups haven’t seen signs of mass starvation or social chaos in the country of 26 million people.

Tuesday marks the 68th anniversary of the signing of an armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War. The Koreas remain split along the world’s most heavily fortified border since the war’s end.

About 28,500 U.S. Troops are stationed in South Korea lớn deter potential aggression from North Korea.