South and North Korean officials at the opening ceremony of their joint liaison office. Photo: Korea Pool/Getty Images
North and South Korea have opened a joint liaison office — on North Korea's side of the border — in order to "directly discuss issues 24 hours, 365 days," South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said on Friday according to Reuters.
The big picture: This comes days before a third summit between the two countries' leaders, Reuters reports. The hope is that the office will also move talks forward between the U.S. and North Korea, which have been stalled in recent weeks due to little progress on denuclearization.