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North Korea Reopens Hotline With South

North Korea has reopened a Red Cross hotline with South Korea that was shut amid rising tensions between the rival states this spring.

The reopening of the hotline on June 7 in the truce village of Panmunjom comes one day after North Korea proposed holding working-level talks with the South to discuss a joint commercial project.

North Korea proposed holding the talks on June 9 in the joint industrial complex of Kaesong, which was closed by Pyongyang in April.

Seoul has accepted the proposal for talks but wants them held in Panmunjom instead.

The South's Unification Ministry said Seoul's response was sent to Pyongyang using the reopened hotline.

The easing tension comes ahead of a U.S.-China summit in which the North is expected to be a key topic.

Tensions escalated on the Korean Peninsula after the United Nations imposed new sanctions on North Korea for its February 12 nuclear test, the country's third.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP