US President Joe Biden will explore diplomacy, but will not seek a “big deal” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he approaches a new approach to pressure Pyongyang to drop its nuclear weapons and its ballistic missiles. Insist, he said. Accommodation.
“Our goal is the complete denigration of the Korean peninsula,” Biden’s press secretary Jane Saki told reporters.
He added that US policy would see “a pragmatic and calibrated approach, which is open and will explore diplomacy” with North Korea.
The new approach failed to give up its weapons to Pyongyang after a three-page meeting between Kim and former US President Donald Trump reviewed North Korea’s policy under a new approach.
Barack Obama’s policies rejecting severe diplomatic engagement with North Korea also had little effect in the absence of Pyongyang’s measures to reduce tensions.
“Our policy will not focus on building large companies, nor will it depend on strategic patience,” said Saki.
So far, North Korea has rejected the Biden administration’s diplomatic demands. Pyongyang wants the US and its allies to lift the economic restrictions imposed on their weapons programs.
Psaki did not provide details of how the administration’s next step could go beyond negotiating with allies. Biden met with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga two weeks ago and will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House on 21 May.
The Foreign Ministry of South Korea stated that the United States had consulted with South Korea during the policy review process and that Washington had reported its findings to Seoul.
“The two countries will discuss the political direction of North Korea at the scheduled summit and foreign ministers’ meeting in May and will continue to cooperate so that the North Korean-American dialogue resumes shortly.”
Moon last month urged Biden to engage directly in denuclearization with Kim, saying he was in favor of “top-down diplomacy”.
Jenny Town, director of 38 North, a Washington-based North Korean surveillance program, said Biden’s policy framework has been good so far.
“But with this‘ new approach ’the details will be of great importance in assessing the success of the administration. I am not sure until I have too much to ask to see more, ”he said.
There are continuing fears that North Korea may rebuild nuclear equipment. North Korea launched two suspected ballistic missiles at sea near Japan in March.
The White House has not said whether it will make concessions to North Korea to resume negotiations.
The Biden administration simultaneously drew a strict line on human rights, nuclearisation and sanctions, while officials said diplomats had rejected Pyongyang, which has long sought relief of sanctions.