Relationship with Washington | North Korea must prepare for ‘dialogue and confrontation’

(Seoul) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country should prepare for “dialogue and confrontation” with the United States under President Joe Biden, the official Korean Central News Agency reported Friday.

The agency said that Kim “stressed the need to prepare for dialogue and confrontation, and in particular to be fully prepared for confrontation,” while addressing his strategy toward Washington at a plenary meeting of the Party Central Committee.

The official agency said that the North Korean leader “called for a lively and quick reaction to the rapid development of the situation and to focus efforts on the stable control of the situation on the Korean Peninsula.”

US President Joe Biden, whose “hostile policy” Pyongyang denounces, does not rule out meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un one day, but stresses that he will not do so without clear commitments from the latter.

In May, he criticized the approach of his predecessor Donald Trump, who met “Chairman Kim” twice, in Singapore and then in Hanoi, without tangible results. He insisted, “I will not give him international recognition” without his peers.

He then said he had “no illusions” about the difficulty of persuading 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, there are no illusions at all. The last four administrations have not achieved the goal. It is a very difficult goal,” he told reporters, announcing that he had appointed veteran diplomat Sung Kim as Pyongyang’s special envoy.

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Negotiations between the United States and North Korea have stalled since the failure of the second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Hanoi in 2019.

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