Iran was South Korea's third-largest Middle Eastern trade partner before the US unilaterally withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers and reimposed crippling sanctions.
Restoration of an inter-Korean hotline comes three days after Pyongyang test-fired a newly developed anti-aircraft missile in the fourth round of weapons firings in recent weeks.
The missile, called Hwasong-8, performed to its technical specifications "including the guiding maneuverability and the gliding flight characteristics of the detached hypersonic gliding warhead," state media KCNA reports.
North Korea fires unidentified projectile towards the sea off its east coast amid Pyongyang's calls for US and South Korea to scrap their "hostile policy."
North Korea's reaction came after South Korean President Moon Jae-in reiterated his calls for the end-of-the-war declaration that he said could help achieve denuclearisation and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Seoul tested a domestically built submarine-launched ballistic missile hours after rival North Korea fired two ballistic missiles toward the sea.
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reached the agreement during several exchanges of letters since April, the presidential office in Seoul said.
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Kim Jong-un’s mention of a “great crisis” created by a “crucial” failure in national pandemic measures triggers outside speculation about how bad the situation in North Korea really is.
The historic feud includes Japan forcing mostly Korean women to work in its wartime brothels and has long soured bilateral ties between the two important US allies.
The test-fires were Pyongyang’s first major provocation since President Biden took office in January, an apparent move to pressure the US administration and to boost North Korea’s leverage in future talks.
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