North and South Korea have opened a historic hotline directly linking the two leaders ahead of next week’s high-stakes summit; potentially clearing a path towards the official end of the 68-year long Korean War.
According to Fox News, the hotline is a direct link between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un; a major step towards de-escalating tensions in the region following North Korea’s multiple nuclear and missile tests.
“The historic direct telephone line between the leaders of the South and North was connected a short while ago,” confirmed South Korean officials.
“The test call went on for 4 minutes and 19 seconds starting at 3:41 p.m. with (officials from) both sides speaking to each other … The connection was smooth and the voice quality was very good. It was like calling next door,” he said.
Military experts say the hotline is reminiscent of the private links between Moscow and Washington during the Cold War, when each leader had a direct method of contacting each other in the event of a potential nuclear strike.