North and South Korea have set up a telephone hotline between their two leaders – the first time such a direct line of communication has been set up.

Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in are due to meet later this month for the first inter-Korean summit in over a decade.

Officials from both sides conducted a successful test call.

“It was as if we were talking to a neighbour right next door,” a South Korean official told local media after the call lasting 4 minutes 17 seconds.

The hotline was established between the South’s presidential Blue House and the North’s state affairs commission, which is headed by Mr. Kim.

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