North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said he is willing to restore a vital communication hotline with South Korea, in a possible offer of reconciliation.
Pyongyang severed the hotlines in August this year in protest against South Korea-US military drills.
Kim's latest comments came during Pyongyang's annual parliament session.
But Mr Kim appeared to extend a conditional olive branch towards South Korea.
He wants to restore the communication lines by early October, but that is dependent on the "attitude of the South Korean authorities" and whether their relationship starts to improve or continues its "present state of worsening," KCNA reports.