(Seoul) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, led by President Joe Biden, wants his country to prepare for a “confrontation” with the United States, the official KCNA news agency reported on Friday.
Speaking on his strategy towards Washington at the Plenary Session of the Party Central Committee, Kim emphasized the need to “be fully prepared for dialogue, confrontation, especially confrontation”.
The North Korean leader called for a “lively and rapid response to the rapidly evolving situation and a focus on sustainable efforts to seize control of the situation on the Korean Peninsula,” the official said.
US President Joe Biden has condemned Pyongyang ‘”hostile policy” and said he would not rule out meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un one day, but insisted he would not do so without clear commitments from the latter.
His predecessor, Donald Trump, who met twice with “Chairman Kim” twice, in Singapore and later in Hanoi, was criticized in May for not having clear results. “I will not give him international recognition,” he said without rivals.
After an interview with his South Korean rival Moon Jae-in at the White House, he said he had no “illusions” about the difficulty in persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear arsenal.
“We have no illusions about the difficulty, absolutely nothing. The last four administrations have not reached the goal. This is a very difficult goal,” he told reporters, announcing the appointment of veteran diplomat Sung Kim as special envoy for Pyongyang.
Negotiations between the United States and the North have stalled since the failure of the second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Hanoi in 2019.