The Republic of Korea (RoK) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) re-opened their aviation hotline on October 18 after a request from the DPRK.
According to Chun Hae-Sung, a spokesman for the RoK’s Unification Ministry, officials successfully made a test call at 9.am between the airports in Pyongyang and Incheon.
The aviation hotline between the two countries was cut off in May by the DPRK after Seoul announced a range of penalties on Pyongyang for the March sinking of the RoK’s warship the Cheonan. The RoK blamed the incident on the DPRK, however, the DPRK denied any involvement.
Chun Hae-Sung said the DPRK had proposed reviving the communications link, which connects the peninsula’s principal international airports.
Earlier, on October 14, the DPRK also proposed talks around resuming cross-border tourism programmes.
Both sides are scheduled to hold Red Cross talks and re-commence the reunions of families divided by the civil war decades ago, at the end of this month/.