Kim willing to restore hotlines with S.Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has expressed willingness to restore communication links with South Korea from October.

The ruling Workers' Party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, reported on Thursday that Kim had delivered a speech at the Supreme People's Assembly the previous day.

Kim reportedly showed willingness to restart communication channels as part of the efforts to realize people's expectations for lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

The links have been severed since August. It is believed Pyongyang took the step to show its dissatisfaction with the joint military exercises by the United States and South Korea.

On relations with Washington, Kim said US military threats and the country's hostile policy remain unchanged. He added that the US is offering dialogue without preconditions as covers for deceiving the international community and hiding its hostile acts.

Kim also said that the stepping up of defense is the foremost right of a sovereign nation. He reiterated his country's resolve to keep advancing its nuclear and missile program, which was authorized at a party congress in January.

It was also reported that the leader's sister, Kim Yo Jong, has been chosen as a member of the State Affairs Commission.