A Korean soldier on the southern side of the border speaks on a telephone, which appears to be heavy-duty and military in nature

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A 2005 file picture reveals a South Korean officer talk with a northern counterpart close to the Demilitarised Zone

North Korea has mentioned it’ll reopen a phone hotline to South Korea, to facilitate talks on its doable participation within the Winter Olympics.

Seoul’s Yonhap information company reported that the inter-Korean communications channel can be restored at 15:30 native time (06:30 GMT) on Wednesday.

It comes after Kim Jong-un mentioned he was “open to dialogue” with Seoul and to sending a staff to the Video games.

The 2 nations haven’t held high-level talks since December 2015.

A North Korean official introduced the phone hotline’s re-opening in a televised assertion.

He mentioned the 2 nations would focus on the sensible points round a proposal to ship a North Korean delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February.

“We’ll focus on working-level points over our potential dispatch of the delegation,” Yonhap quoted the official as saying.

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Media captionTensions are excessive between the 2 warring international locations

South Korea had indicated that the North’s participation within the Video games can be welcomed.

In a New Year’s Day speech, Mr Kim Jong-un spoke of decreasing tensions and of melting “frozen North-South relations”.

He mentioned attending the Video games can be “an excellent alternative to point out unity of the individuals” in North Korea.

Seoul supplied high-level talks in response, with President Moon Jae-in calling it a “groundbreaking probability” to enhance relations.

It’s not but clear whether or not North Korea will settle for that supply, however the opening of the hotline will permit for preliminary discussions to be held.

The North cut off communications in 2016 following a row over the Kaesong joint industrial complex.

South Korea says it has not answered calls on the hotline since.

On Tuesday, a South Korean official mentioned that they had been making an attempt to name since Mr Kim’s speech however there had been no reply.

The press secretary for President Moon mentioned the restoration of the hotline was “very important”.

“It creates an setting the place communication will likely be doable always,” he informed AFP.

North Korea has come beneath growing worldwide stress previously 12 months over its nuclear weapons programme.

Responding to the developments this week, US President Donald Trump tweeted earlier that financial sanctions and exterior stress have been “starting to have a huge impact”.