“It is certain that the US managing director made a big blunder in light of the current point of view,” Kwon said. “Now that the opening speech of the DPRK’s new US policy has become clear, we will be forced to press for the corresponding measures to be taken, and in time the United States will find itself in a very serious situation. . “
Kwon has still not clarified what action North Korea will take, and his statement could be seen as an effort to pressure the Biden administration as it shapes its policy in North Korea.
The White House said on Friday administration officials had completed a review of US policy toward North Korea, saying Biden planned to deviate from the approaches of his two most recent predecessors as he he was trying to stop North Korea’s nuclear program. Press Secretary Jen Psaki did not detail the findings of the review, but suggested that the administration would seek common ground between Donald Trump’s “big deal” and Trump’s “strategic patience” approaches. Barack Obama.
Kwon’s statement did not mention Psaki’s comments.
After a series of high-level nuclear and missile tests in 2016-17, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un launched summit diplomacy with Trump on the future of his growing nuclear arsenal. But that diplomacy remains stuck for about two years due to differences in the amount of sanctions relief North Korea could earn in exchange for limited denuclearization steps.
In January, Kim threatened to expand his nuclear arsenal and build more high-tech weapons targeting the Americas, saying the fate of bilateral ties would depend on whether or not he abandoned his hostile policies. In March, it conducted short-range ballistic missile tests for the first time in a year, although it still maintains a moratorium on larger weapons launches.
“If Pyongyang agrees to labor-level talks, the starting point for negotiations would be a freeze on North Korean testing and the development of nuclear capabilities and delivery systems,” said Leif-Eric Easley, professor at the University. Ewha from Seoul. “If, on the other hand, Kim avoids diplomacy and opts for provocative tests, Washington will likely expand sanctions enforcement and military exercises with its allies.
Also on Sunday, an unidentified spokesperson for the North Korean Foreign Ministry pledged a strong and distinct response to a recent State Department statement that he would press to promote “the Kim regime’s accountability” over its ” flagrant human rights situation ”. He called this statement preparation for a “total confrontation with us.”