March 30, 2023

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Kim said North Korea must be prepared for “dialogue and confrontation” with Washington

North Korea: Kim Jong Un recognizes "tense food situation"

Seoul | In response to the new US President Joe Biden’s policy on North Korea, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said that his country needs to be prepared for “conflict” with the United States.

Also read: North Korea: Kim Jong Un recognizes “tense food situation”

Pyongyang condemned Joe Biden, who did not rule out meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un one day, but stressed that he would not do so without clear commitments from the latter. 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.

In his speech on his strategy towards Washington at the Plenary Session of the Committee Central Party, Kim “stressed the need to be fully prepared for dialogue, as well as confrontation, especially confrontation,” the official KCNA agency said.

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.

In May, Joe Biden met with his predecessor Donald Trump’s policy twice with “Chairman Kim” in Singapore and later in Hanoi, without clear results. “I will not give him international recognition,” he said without rivals.

No illusion

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.

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North Korea has conducted six missile tests since 2006. It is subject to several rounds of international sanctions on banned weapons programs.

But Pyongyang is now “gradually reducing its nuclear arsenal and freezing its nuclear program instead of easing sanctions,” said Cheong Siang-chong, director of North Korean studies at the Sejong Institute.

Released in April, U.S. According to intelligence experts, North Korea may resume nuclear testing this year in an attempt to force the Biden administration back on the negotiating table.

The report analyzes that Kim “can take a number of aggressive and destabilizing measures to change the climate of regional security and increase the rift between the United States and its allies.”

This includes the resumption of testing of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).