On July 27, a communication hotline between North and South Korea was restored. Pyongyang cut off the lines in June last year as a result of tensions being escalated between the two Koreas. This was primarily due to a failed summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in 2019 when the US President walked away from the meeting in Hanoi. The fruition of diplomatic relations between North and South Korea is heavily dependent on North Korea’s relations with the US as well. Over the past few decades, the main obstacles in further establishing diplomatic relations between the two have been international sanctions on North Korea and the US hostility.