North Korea reopened a Red Cross hotline with South Korea on Friday and invited officials from Seoul to talks over the weekend, a further sign the North wants to improve ties after a barrage of threats to wage war this year. On Thursday, North Korea proposed talks to normalise commercial projects, including a joint industrial zone it shut down at the height of tension in early April.
North Korea's moves come ahead of a summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obamaon Friday in California.
North Korea's actions, including its latest nuclear test in February and threats to attack South Korea and the United States, are likely to be high on the agenda.
North Korea had stopped responding to calls on the Red Cross hotline in March. Another hotline, used by military officials, remains down. "We appreciate the fact that the South side promptly and positively responded to the proposal made by us for h…