Noh Kyu-duk made the remarks at a peace forum, expecting the reactivation of the lines to help restore a "virtuous cycle," in which progress in cross-border relations will help advance ties between Washington and Pyongyang.
The two Koreas reactivated communication lines; 13 months after the reclusive regime severed them in anger over activists having sent anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border into the North.
The nuclear envoy also stressed the importance of the "constructive" roles by China and Russia and cooperation with Japan to bolster Seoul's drive to foster a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
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