N. Korea Reopens Cross-Border Communication Channel With S. Korea

North Korea has reopened a key cross-border communication channel with South Korea, placing two calls on what amounts to a hotline on the Korean peninsula. Westwood One Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr says the calls dealt only with technical matters and not the anticipated talks about global competition.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reopened a key cross-border communication channel with South Korea, another sign of easing animosity between the rivals even as Kim traded combative threats of nuclear war with President Donald Trump. Outside critics accuse Kim of trying to use better ties with South Korea as a tactic to weaken the alliance between Washington and Seoul as his country is grappling with toughened international sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs.