North Korea has called Joe Biden’s attempts at low-level diplomatic outreach “cheap stuff” and has vowed to ignore any communication from Washington unless the United States changes its position to the regard to the nuclear state.
The escalating tension between Washington and Pyongyang comes as the new administration’s review of North Korea policy nears completion and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Lloyd Austin Secretary of Defense, visit South Korea and Japan.
Choe Son Hui, First Deputy Foreign Minister of North Korea, said that “no contact and no dialogue of any kind can be possible unless the United States renounces its hostile policy. “.
“But what has been heard from the United States since the emergence of the new regime is just a mad theory of the ‘threat from North Korea’ and baseless rhetoric of ‘complete denuclearization’,” he said. Choe said in a statement released in English by the official news agency. .
Blinken said on Tuesday that Pyongyang was ignore American efforts to hire.
The US State Department did not immediately respond to Choe’s final comments.
Earlier, State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter told reporters, “We are conducting a comprehensive inter-agency review of US policy toward North Korea, and that includes the assessment of all options available to deal with the growing threat posed by North Korea and its neighbors and the wider international community.
During Donald Trump’s presidency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un continued to develop nuclear weapon technology while Washington insisted that the easing of sanctions was conditional on concrete steps Pyongyang took to denuclearize.
After a period of unprecedented highs under Trump, which included three face-to-face meetings with Kim Jong Un, nuclear talks have stalled.
Experts have warned that the 37-year-old dictator may soon resume military provocation, including testing ballistic missiles and other weapons.
Soo Kim, a former CIA analyst in North Korea now at Rand Corporation, said the decision to resume talks “rests with Pyongyang.”
“We must remember that North Korea’s penchant or instinct for provocation is a fait accompli. And US or international efforts to whet Pyongyang’s appetite for dialogue are, likewise, quite limited, ”she said.
Amid growing signs that North Korea is facing an economic and humanitarian crisis – resulting from severe sanctions, strict border closures and damage from typhoons – South Korea called for an easing of punishments and increased international aid as well as measures that could prompt the North Korean leader to resume talks.
However, Kim Jong Un was unlikely to “beg for humanitarian aid” or make “substantial concessions,” added Soo Kim.
“Kim has tools of provocation at her disposal. And these tools are much more effective than North Korea concedes or compromises, ”she said.
Jessica Lee, a researcher at the Quincy Institute, an American think tank, said rather than reinvigorate Trump’s diplomatic efforts, “the Biden administration appears to be leaning towards maximum rigidity.”
“In the absence of positive security guarantees, it is unrealistic to think that Kim Jong Un would voluntarily give up his nuclear weapons,” she said.