North Korea calls hotline to South Korea

News

North Korea and South Korea established contact for 20 minutes on a hotline that's been dormant for almost two years today.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un gave the order to open the line with South Korea at the truce village of Panmunjom at 3.00 p.m local time (1:30 a.m. ET), according to an announcement on state media in the hours before the call.

The North Koreans made the call at exactly the time ordered, and the sides were on the phone from 3:30 p.m. local to 3.50 p.m. local time (South Korea is half an hour ahead of North Korea), South Korea's Unification Ministry said.

It's not clear what was said, though contact had been initiated after Kim expressed hope that a North Korean delegation may participate in next month's Winter Olympics, to be held in South Korea, CNN reported.