Kim Jong Un Can Now Call South Korea's Moon Whenever He Wants

EPA Dictator Kim Jong-un ships out staff on ‘state obligation

The move has been made just days before South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are set to meet in person on April 27.

If Communist China can exist side by side with capitalist United States, it should not be hard for the two Koreas to co-exist peacefully.

"History has suggested we really have trouble implementing these deals", said Patrick Cronin, director of the Center for a New America Security's Asia-Pacific security program.

The hotline will continue to operate after the summit to help facilitate ongoing dialogue, South Korea officials told AP.

Two rehearsals of the summit are expected to take place next week at its venue, the House of Peace on the southern side of the Panmunjom, according to the Blue House.

While exuding confidence about North Korea on Wednesday, Trump also raised the possibility that the yet-to-be scheduled summit might be called off because of a lack of agreement over an agenda - or that it might not be successful.

Moon spoke after US President Donald Trump warned that his own much-anticipated summit with Kim would be called off if he did not think it would be "fruitful".

Comey says that on February 8, 2017, Trump told him that Putin had told him that Russian Federation had the best hookers in the world.

"I'm nervous that Trump is going to ignore advisers' counsel and go to Pyongyang to rescue the detainees", said Jung H. Pak, a former US intelligence official who now serves as a Korea expert at Brookings Institution.

But tensions have eased in recent months, with the North taking part in the Winter Olympics in the South in February and an exchange of threats of war with the United States (US) and other bellicose rhetoric evaporating.

The official was briefing reporters on the ministry's position related to what would be the third inter-Korean summit.

The decision is aimed at pursuing economic growth and peace on the Korean peninsular, state media report.

It comes in the wake of former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung meeting former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang in 2000, and former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun following in his predecessor's footsteps by venturing to the North Korean capital in 2007.

A telephone hotline has been set up between Mr Kim and Mr Moon ahead of the first inter-Korean summit in over a decade.

During the lull, South Korean officials would sometimes use a bull horn to shout messages across the border. In my interactions with civilians and diplomats from both the North and South, most articulated this fervent desire.

Pyongyang also has restored a military communications channel on the western coast, notifying Seoul of the move at high-level inter-Korean talks on January 9. Kim met last month with China's president and is to meet South Korea's leader April 27.

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