South and North Korea sets up a telephone hotline between leaders

David Choi
South Korea soldier

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  • North and South Korea installed a telephone hotline ahead of the upcoming summit.
  • The two countries conducted a test call that lasted a little over four minutes.
  • "The phone was connected in a smooth manner, and the quality of the call was very good," a South Korean official said.

North and South Korea have installed a telephone hotline between their leaders as they prepare for a rare summit next week aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang.

South Korea's presidential office said Friday a successful test call was conducted on the hotline between Seoul's presidential Blue House and Pyongyang's powerful State Affairs Commission. The call reportedly lasted four minutes and 19 seconds.

"The connection of a historic hotline between the South and North Korea leader has been completed," a Blue House official said, according to NK News. "The phone was connected in a smooth manner, and the quality of the call was very good. It feels like calling from the next door."

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plan to make their first telephone conversation sometime before their face-to-face meeting next Friday at the border truce village of Panmunjom.

South Korean officials say the hotline will help facilitate dialogue and reduce misunderstanding during times of tension.

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