N.Korea says inter-Korean hotlines will probably be restored on Monday -KCNA

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SEOUL, Oct 4 (Reuters) – North Korea stated on Monday it can restore severed inter-Korean hotlines beginning Monday however urged South Korea to step up efforts to enhance relations, state media KCNA reported.

North Korean chief Kim Jong Un expressed his willingness final week to reactivate the hotlines, which North Korea reduce off in early August in protest in opposition to joint South Korea-U.S. army workout routines, simply days after reopening them for the primary time in a yr.

The official KCNA information company stated the traces will probably be reconnected on Monday at 9:00 a.m. (1200 GMT) however referred to as for Seoul to fulfil its “tasks” to get well strained cross-border ties, with out elaborating.

Kim had urged South Korea to desert its “delusion” over what it calls North Korean army provocations.

“The South Korean authorities should make positive efforts to put the north-south ties on a right track and settle the important tasks which must be prioritised to open up the bright prospect in the future,” KCNA stated.

Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Daniel Wallis

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a policy speech at the second-day sitting of the 5th Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this undated photo released on September 30, 2021 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS

A North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 9, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a policy speech at the second-day sitting of the 5th Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this undated photo released on September 30, 2021 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS