"The unification ministry has considered options on this internally but nothing has been decided yet." Communications were severed by the North last year, Lee said, in the wake of new sanctions following North Korea's last nuclear test and Pyongyang's decision to shut down a joint industrial zone operated inside the North. Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas, reporting from the South's capital, Seoul, said Lee's statement "refers effectively to a hotline.
"There is a room on the South Korean side of the border, and a room on the North Korean side of the border, and a physical line between the two which has been there since the 1970s and is used to relay messages of emergencies," he said.
"This is very different from dialogue, or talks, or anything approaching what might come down the line - but at its most basic it is a sign that the South’s new government is trying to be more reconciliatory towards the North despite Sunday's successful test on Sunday and Washington's talks of sanctions at the UN," Thomas said.
The US said on Tuesday it believed it could persuade China to impose new sanctions on North Korea and warned that it would also target and "call out" countries supporting Pyongyang.
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Speaking to reporters ahead of the Security Council meeting, Nikki Haley, Washington's envoy to the UN, said that the US would talk to North Korea only once it halted its nuclear programme.
Moon won an election last week campaigning on a more moderate approach to the North and said after taking office that he wants to pursue dialogue as well as pressure to stop the North's weapons programmes.
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