The North Korean leader stressed his readiness to respond to the United States in his first direct statement since Biden became president.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said his country must prepare for “both a dialogue and a confrontation” with President Biden, state media reported on Friday.
a Plenary Session of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea On Thursday, Kim outlined her strategy for relations with Washington, “the political trend of the new US administration,” the Korean Central News Agency said.
The comments indicate that this is the first time that Kim has referred to the US policy towards the United States since the inauguration of US President Joe Biden.
Kim “stressed the need to prepare for” dialogue “and confrontation, especially to be fully prepared for the confrontation to protect the dignity of our state,” to ensure a reliable “peaceful environment,” KCNA reported.
The agency notes that the North Korean leader “called for a sharp և rapid response և to overcome the rapidly changing situation կենտրոն to focus efforts on sustainable control of the situation on the Korean Peninsula.”
Pyongyang has already accused Biden of pursuing a “hostile policy”, saying it was a “gross mistake” for veteran Democrats to say that he would be able to overcome the threat of the North’s nuclear program “through diplomacy and strong containment.”
In 2019, North said that Biden should be “killed with a stick.”
Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, headlined the headline for a series of face-to-face diplomatic advances with Kim, which Biden says he will not pursue unless conditions change dramatically.
During a visit to Washington last month by South Korean President Moon Jae-inBiden said he would not “meet” Kim unless there was a concrete plan to negotiate Pyongyang ‘s nuclear arsenal.
And he clearly criticized Trump’s delicate relationship with Kim, saying that he “will not do what was done not so long ago.” I would not give him everything he is looking for – international recognition. “
The White House announced that it is now pursuing a “calibrated practical approach.” It seems to be realistically below expectations while remaining open-minded.
“We understand that past efforts have had difficulties, and we have tried to learn from them,” said a senior White House official.
Since 2006, North Korea has tested six atomic bombs and is under multiple rounds of international sanctions for its banned weapons programs.
A report released by the Pentagon on April states that North Korea may resume nuclear testing this year as part of a bid to bring the Biden administration back to the negotiating table.
“Kim could take a series of aggressive, potentially destabilizing actions to reshape the regional security environment, drive wedges between the United States and its allies, and resume nuclear testing of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM),” he said. said the director of national intelligence.
Kim’s message came as the new US special envoy to North Korea, Sung Kim, arrived in Seoul on Saturday for trilateral talks with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts.
The directive “emphasizes the need for US-ROC-Japan aponia trilateral cooperation to work for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the protection of our common security, our prosperity, our common values, and the rule of law.” media note:
Despite that sharp rhetoric from Pyongyang, observers note that it is possible that Kim is sending a signal to the United States that she is ready to speak.
“The North seems to have made a decision to resume large-scale talks with the United States, although it is likely to discuss the timing and scope with China,” said Ian Mu-jin, a professor at North Korea University of Studies. said Yonhap.