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South Korea suspended operations at the complex in 2016 after North Korea carried out its fourth nuclear test.

"The inter-Korean joint liaison office is a channel for round-the-clock communication in the new era of peace", South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said in a congratulatory speech.

"We'll sit face to face, exchange our thoughts fast and accurately and put our heads together to resolve hard matters", he said in remarks distributed by his office.

About 15-20 South Korean officials will work at the office from 9 to 5, sleep at nearby lodgings in Kaesong on weekdays and take turns staffing the office on weekends.

Ri Son Gwon, chairman of North Koreas's Committee for Peaceful Reunification, said during the ceremony that the office would help the Koreas have "candid conversations" and further build their ties, according to South Korean media pool reports from the site.

This photo provided by the unification ministry shows a four-story building that will be used for the liaison office in the North Korean border town of Kaesong.

Efforts to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons will be high on the agenda for the three-day summit, which will begin on Tuesday.

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The two Koreas previously communicated by fax and special phone lines, which were at times cut off when inter-Korean relations sank, but will now be able to "communicate 24 hours, 365 days", South Korea's Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun said this week.

Chun and Jon held their first meeting as co-heads of the office after the ceremony, mostly focusing on introductions and exchanging pleasantries and views on general issues.

Launched in 2004, the industrial park was hailed as a key symbol of economic cooperation between the Koreas as it combined South Korean capital and technology with cheap labor from the North.

Chung Eui-yong, Moon's national security adviser, met Kim in Pyongyang earlier this month, and said the North Korean leader told him that an end-of-war declaration would not weaken the US-South Korea alliance or lead to a withdrawal of US troops.

But Kim has since sent Trump a letter seeking a second summit and held a military parade for his country's 70th birthday without showing off any intercontinental ballistic missiles, prompting warm tweets from the U.S. president and raising hopes of progress.

The opening of the liaison office is a sign that even if talks between the North and the U.S. are not moving forward, the two Koreas seem determined to develop closer ties, says BBC Seoul correspondent Laura Bicker. He's also dismantled his nuclear and rocket-engine testing sites. "We can not cease our efforts to mediate and facilitate talks from the middle until dialogue and communication between North Korea and the United States flow smoothly".

Ri expressed hope that the office will help the two Koreas improve their relations and serve as a stimulus to peace and prosperity on the peninsula.

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