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N Korea at crossroads

As food grows scarce, North Korea accepts South's olive branch

Moon and Kim start mending fences with return of hotlines after year of silence

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shake hands during Moon's visit to Pyongyang in September 2018.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- With Tuesday's restoration of severed communication lines, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has accepted South Korean President Moon Jae-in's calls for re-engagement, returning to the table as his country struggles with a food shortage that is growing more severe.

On Tuesday, the 68th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War, South Korea's military and unification ministry brought hotlines back into operation after more than a year. The move came after multiple exchanges of letters between Moon and Kim since April, according to the South's presidential Blue House.

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