North Korea agreed on Thursday to restore a cross-border military hotline with South Korea, in another sign of easing tensions in recent weeks, said the South Korean government.

North Korea in March shut down the phone and fax lines used to coordinate cross-border travel to a joint industrial park in Kaesong. During the spring, North Korea issued threats including vows to launch nuclear strikes on Seoul and Washington, but later toned down its rhetoric and made conciliatory gestures.

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