SEOUL, Dec 28 (AFP): South and North Korea Wednesday opened cross-border commercial communications lines for the first time since their division in 1945, officials said.
The links were activated in a ceremony attended by North and South Korean government officials at an industrial zone in North Korea's border city of Kaesong, the information ministry in Seoul said.
South Korean Information Minister Chin Dae-Je said the new phone service would pave the way for inter-Korean cooperation in the information and technology sector.
The two Koreas, which fought a war between 1950-53, had communicated only through military-controlled hotlines for official talks aimed at preventing accidental clashes.
South Korean firms operating in the Kaesong zone had used expensive satellite phones via a third country to talk to their offices in Seoul.