North Korea has restored communication lines with the South, months after it cut a cross-border hotline.
The move comes just days after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stated his willingness to restore communication as a conditional olive branch.
Pyongyang, however, stated that the resumption of their relationship was contingent on the “attitude of South Korean authorities.”
North Korea has also recently increased its military exercises.
It has launched four missiles in less than a month, indicating that it has no plans to slow down its arms development.
South Korea’s unification ministry announced Monday morning that officials from both Koreas had exchanged their first phone call since August.
“With the restoration of the South-North communication line, the government believes that a foundation for the restoration of inter-Korean relations has been provided,” the ministry said in a statement.
Communication lines between the two sides have been severed – and then restored – several times.
After a failed summit between the North and South in 2020, Pyongyang blew up an inter-Korean border office built to improve communications.
After tensions worsened, North Korea severed all communication lines with the South, including a hotline between both leaders and military communication channels, in the same year.
The hotline was briefly reactivated in August, but was then deactivated again after South Korea participated in joint military exercises with the United States.
Because no peace treaty was reached when the Korean War ended in 1953, North and South Korea are technically still at war.