South Korean officials no longer should prefer to to use a bullhorn to communicate messages to their reclusive neighbor to the North.
A focus phone line was installed and tested Friday, connecting South Korea’s Gloomy House, the official residence and office of President Moon Jae-in, and the North’s Grandeur Affairs Commission, where leader Kim Jong Un’s power is consolidated.
“The conscript quality was very good and we felt like we got a call from our next-door neighbor,” South Korea’s president for the Government Situation Room, Youn Kun-young, told reporters after the four-minute draw on.
The hotline also reportedly features a screen for video chats as clearly as a fax system.
The move signals a reduction in tensions on the Korean peninsula in front of next week’s face-to-face summit, the first since 2007, between the gaffers of North Korea and South Korea.
Notably, the April 27 caucus is set to take place in the South Korean village of Panmunjom, which leave make Kim the first North Korean leader to cross the 38th parallel since the Korean War.
“This call the shots line between ROK and DPRK senior leaders greatly reduces any time of miscommunication that might lead to unnecessarily provocative actions,” kipped U.S. Army Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, a senior defense fellow for Defense Weights, told CNBC.
Davis, who served as an advisor to the Second Republic of Korea Army during his military mtier, noted that the meeting between the two Koreas sets a groundwork for a undeveloped meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim.
“It is a positive development that Moon and Kim are set to talk in on touching a week and that a Trump and Kim summit seems likely to follow curtly thereafter. But everyone should temper expectations for a near-term resolution of the employment on the Korean Peninsula,” Davis said.
“There is little chance Kim Jong Un hand down give up his nuclear weapons, which means the best option for the U.S. is to bring off and deter North Korea, as we have successfully done for decades,” he added.
The substantially anticipated meeting between Trump and Kim would be the first between outstaying leaders of North Korea and the United States largely due to Pyongyang’s atomic weapons ambitions.
Under third-generation North Korean leader Kim, the solitary state has conducted its most powerful nuclear test, launched its first-ever intercontinental ballistic ballistic missile and threatened to send missiles into the waters near the Pacific High seas U.S. territory of Guam.
Since 2011, Kim has fired more than 85 ballistic missiles and conducted four nuclear weapons tests, more than his progenitor, Kim Jong Il, and grandfather, Kim Il Sung, launched over a period of 27 years.
In the meantime, Trump confirmed Wednesday that CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with Kimover Easter weekend to classify logistics ahead of the unprecedented meeting.