Kim Jong-un reopens hotline with South Korea

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un gave an order to reopen a border hotline with South Korea at the truce village of Panmunjom.

Mr Kim gave an order to reopen a border hotline with South Korea at 3:00pm (local time), North Korean official Ri Son Gwon said.

Pyongyang said it would resume communications at the truce village of Panmunjom at 6.30am GMT on Wednesday, the Guardian reported.

The North's unscheduled statement, read out on state television, came a day after Seoul proposed high-level discussions amid a tense stand-off over North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes.

The hotline with the South was shut down by North Korea in February 2016 in retaliation against the closing of Kaesong, a border factory town that was jointly operated by the two Koreas.