The leader of North Korea considered a face-to-face meeting with the United States inevitable. Relations between the two countries have stalled since the second summit between the two countries in Hanoi in 2019, and Joe Biden says he is “under no illusions”.
The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un estimated that his country should prepare as much “for dialogue as for confrontation” with the United States, in a first reaction to the Korean policy of the new American president Joe Biden reported this 18 June by the KCNA news agency.
Joe Biden, whose “hostile policy” Pyongyang denounces, does not rule out meeting the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un one day, but stresses that he will not do so without clear commitments from the latter. And negotiations between the United States and North Korea have remained at a standstill since the failure of the second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Hanoi in 2019.
Kim Jong-un stressed “the need to prepare as much for dialogue as for confrontation, in particular to be fully prepared for the confrontation”, reports the public news agency KCNA, specifying that these remarks were made in a speech on the strategy towards Washington at a plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the party.
The North Korean leader “called for a lively and rapid reaction to a rapidly evolving situation and to concentrate efforts on a stable takeover of the situation on the Korean peninsula,” the official agency said.
In May, Joe Biden criticized the approach of his predecessor Donald Trump, who had met the North Korean leader twice, in Singapore and then in Hanoi, without achieving tangible results. “I will not offer him international recognition,” he insisted.
Joe Biden has “no illusions” vis-à-vis Kim
He then said he had no “illusions” about the difficulty of convincing North Korea to give up its nuclear arsenal, after an interview at the White House with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in.
“We have no illusions about the difficulty, absolutely none. The last four administrations have not met this target. It’s an incredibly difficult goal, ”he told reporters.
North Korea has carried out six missile tests since 2006. It is the subject of several rounds of international sanctions for its military programs.
But according to Cheong Seong-chang, director of North Korean studies at the Sejong Institute, Pyongyang could now accept a “gradual reduction of its nuclear arsenal and a freeze of the nuclear program in exchange for a relaxation of sanctions”.
North Korea may resume nuclear testing this year with the aim of forcing the Biden administration back to the negotiating table, according to a report by US intelligence experts released in April.
This could mean resuming testing of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).