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South Korea Phones the North Twice a Day. No One Answers

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Trump Talks Down Tillerson's North Korea Outreach

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Seoul, South Korea (AP) -- Every day, South Korea's Unification Ministry sends officials to the border village of Panmunjom to call North Korea at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more than 18 months, the North hasn't picked up.

As North Korea steps up its nuclear weapons tests and threats, the Unification Ministry, dedicated to improving relations with the North and eventual peaceful reunification, faces an almost existential crisis.