A South Korean official communicates with a North Korean officer during a phone call on the dedicated communications hotline at the border village of Panmunjom. (Yonhap via AP)
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North Korea reopened a long-closed border hotline with South Korea Wednesday, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to mock the North's leader by saying he has a "bigger and more powerful" nuclear button than he does. The North's decision to open the border phone line came a day after South Korea proposed high-level discussions amid a tense standoff over North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.U.S. officials said Washington would not take any talks between North and South Korea seriously if they did not contribute to denuclearizing North Korea.The hotline with the South was shut down by North Korea in February 2016 in retaliation against the closing of a border factory town that was jointly operated by the two Koreas.North Korea regularly threatens to destroy South Korea, the United States and Japan, and says its weapons are necessary to counter U.S. aggression.
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