PEACE IN KOREA: North and South Korea INSTALL HISTORIC Hotline Between Leaders

PEACE IN KOREA: North and South Korea INSTALL HISTORIC Hotline Between Leaders

The hotline was established between the South's presidential Blue House and the North's state affairs commission, which is headed by Mr Kim.

It also seems that the winds of change on the Korean peninsula have isolated Japanese President Shinzo Abe to some extent, given that he took a very hawkish position on North Korea at a time that South Korea and the U.S. were driving towards engagement. The connection was smooth and the voice quality was very good. "It was as clear as a phone call with a neighbor living next door", Youn said.

"The North is expressing a will for a complete denuclearization", South Korean president Moon Jae-in said to reporters.

While South Korean and US officials have said Kim is likely trying to save his broken economy from heavy sanctions, some analysts see him as entering the negotiations from a position of strength after having declared his nuclear force as complete.

The Korean Catholic Church declared its "first of year of peace" in 2015 while commemorating the 70th year since Korea split.

For months, North Korea's missile tests have raised concerns around the world and helped escalate a unsafe slinging of insults between Kim and Trump.

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The communications channel is believed to have been disconnected under the Lee Myung-bak administration.

The announcement comes amid preparations for a meeting later this year between President Trump and the North Korean dictator.

"... Let's communicate directly between the two leaders if something significant happens".

There are six buildings that straddle the border, three of which are painted United Nations blue, where talks between the two sides occasionally take place.

"The pessimistic interpretation is that Kim is intent on making concession after concession in private to show Moon that he is the reasonable one, with the expectation that Trump will ultimately be unable or unwilling to deliver", Pollack said.

Lee is also likely to meet Susan Thornton, acting USA assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. She claims to have received personal gifts from then-leader Kim Jong-il, and was eventually ousted from her privileged position for having a private conversation about the leader's extramarital relationships.

Lim Dong-won, a key architect of the late liberal president's Sunshine policy of re-engagement with the North, said in his 2007 memoir that the phones played a critical role in resolving sensitive issues.

South Korea made the first call to check the line, a Cheong Wa Dae official said, adding that there were no problems detected.

News of the testing suspension follows the revelation earlier this week that Mike Pompeo, the current Central Intelligence Agency director and secretary of state nominee, met with Kim in North Korea over Easter weekend to lay the groundwork for the prospective meeting with Trump.

In a similar vein, Kim signaled in March that he would not oppose joint US-South Korean military exercises, which had been postponed while South Korea hosted the Winter Olympics.