North Korea Re-Establishes Hotline with South Korea

Katherine Clark and Carina Sarracino

After two years of silence and avoidance, North Korea and South Korea finally connected with one another after North Korea made an attempt to contact their hotline in a political breakthrough.

North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, made the order to contact the South in what was said to be a conversation regarding the technical issues on the communication line. According to South Korea’s Unification Ministry, the 20 minute conversation took place at 3:00 p.m. local time after an announcement on media was made before the two countries contacted one another.

The ministry stated that North Korea contacted them for a second time within several hours on their hotline and asked if they could discuss business for the day. No other comments about the conversation were made after they ended their connection on the hotline.

North Korea made the phone calls after United States President Donald Trump tweeted, throwing backlash at Kim Jong Un regarding the size of his “nuclear button,” claiming it’s much bigger and more powerful. Trump’s tweet was published January 2 and states “will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works.”

After recent follow ups and further conversation, leaders say the relationship between North Korea and South Korea has been built upon since their phone calls and including the upcoming 2018 Olympic Games taking place this February.

South Korean leader describes the Olympic Games as an opportunity to possibly generate peace and reunite for the North, according to CNN.

The recent conversation has started a new speculation that North Korea will participate in the Olympics next month in South Korea. President Trump still has no further stance on the two countries making contact with each other but has recently published more tweets regarding North and South Korea’s hotline.

Trump stated on January 2 “Sanctions and ‘other’ pressures are beginning to have a big impact on North Korea. Soldiers are dangerously fleeing to South Korea. Rocket man now wants to talk to South Korea for first time. Perhaps that is good news, perhaps not – we will see!”

North Korea has made no further comment regarding President Trump’s tweet.








United States President Donald Trump tweets in retaliation to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, starting a debacle threatening to go to nuclear war. Authorities say Trump’s tweet was published on social media after North and South Korea talked over a hotline regarding “business” that needed to be addressed. (Donald Trump)