The United States is taking a new approach to nuclear weapons in Pyongyang to try to bring it back to negotiations.
US Special Representative for North Korea Sung Kim has offered to meet with Pyongyang officials “anywhere, anytime” amid a stalemate in the talks.
At the same time, the United States will continue to impose UN Security Council sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program and will urge other nations to do the same.
“We continue to hope that the PR PR will respond positively to our dissemination of information, to our offer to meet without preconditions at any time,” he said, referring to North Korea as its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Kim, whose appointment was announced at last month’s summit US President Biden arrived in Seoul on a five-day visit on Saturday with his South Korean counterpart Mooney In.
The Biden administration has promised in advance A “practical, calibrated approach” to North Korea, including diplomatic efforts to persuade the country to give up its banned nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
In his first response to Biden’s policy review, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said last week that Pyongyang must be prepared for both “dialogue and confrontation.”
Talks aimed at persuading Pyongyang to hand over its nuclear weapons program have stalled following the collapse of the third summit of North Korean leader և Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump.
US Ambassador Kim had reciprocal meetings with South Korean Chief Nuclear Envoy Noh Kyu-duk, as well as a tripartite session with his Japanese counterpart Takehiro Funakoshi.
Noah said he and Kim discussed ways to facilitate a “quick” resumption of dialogue with North Korea. Noh and Funakoshi were scheduled to meet bilaterally to discuss North Korea.
Last week, Kim Jong Un said North Korea’s food situation was “tense” by alerting a country with a poor agricultural sector that had long struggled to feed itself and was now in self-imposed isolation trying to protect itself from the coronavirus. epidemic.
State-run KCTV reported on Sunday that high-ranking Kim Jong Un officials had discussed “emergency measures” to overcome the country’s “current food crisis”.
North Korea has long claimed no cases of the virus, analysts say, but has paid a heavy economic price for its self-imposed blockade.
Trade with China, its economic lifeline, has slowed to a minimum, while all international aid work has been severely curtailed.