"At around 9:30 a.m. [00:30 GMT], our side and North Korea began hotline communications and held consultations over the composition of delegations via exchanges of documents. The two sides wrapped up today's discussions at 5:45 p.m. [08:45 GMT] and will continue talks on Sunday," the South Korean Ministry of Unification official said, as quoted by the Yonhap news agency.
In his New Year's speech, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un allowed the participation of North Korean athletes in the Pyeongchang Olympic Games. South Korea welcomed the move. Both countries agreed to hold high-level talks on Tuesday to discuss bilateral relations and the participation of North Korean athletes in the Winter Olympics. The talks will be held at the border truce village of Panmunjom.