North Korean leader Kim Jong un has given an order to open a long-closed border hotline with South Korea for talks, a North Korean official announced in a televised statement.

North Korea’s chairman of the committee for the peaceful reunification of Korea, Ri Son Gwon, said the talks would aim to establish formal dialogue about sending a North Korean delegation to the pyeongchang winter Olympics in South Korea next month.

The statement came a day after South Korea proposed high-level discussions with North Korea following Kim’s earlier new year’s address, in which he said he was open to speaking with Seoul.

South Korea has welcomed North Korea’s reopening of a long-closed border hotline for inter-Korean talks, unification ministry spokesman Baik Tae-Hyun said.

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