North Korea issued a warning to the U.S. saying we will face “a very grave situation” since President Biden “made a big blunder” by saying that the North is a security threat and showcased his thoughts about remaining hostile to the North.
Last week, President Joe addressed Congress where he said Iran and North Korea’s nuclear plans are “serious threats” to the U.S. and global security. He said he will address these issues with allies using deterrence and diplomacy.
Kwon Jong Gun said, “His statement clearly reflects his intent to keep enforcing the hostile policy toward the DPRK as it had been done by the U.S. for over half a century. It is certain that the U.S. chief executive made a big blunder in the light of the present-day viewpoint. Now that the keynote of the U.S. new DPRK policy has become clear, we will be compelled to press for corresponding measures, and with time the U.S. will find itself in a very grave situation.” Gun is a senior official in the North Korean Foreign Ministry. The North’s actual name is DPRK which means the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Kwon has not shared any steps that the North may take and his words could be an attempt to pressure the current administration while they create their North Korea policy.
On Friday, officials from the White House said a review of the U.S. policy for North Korea has been done. They said President Joe plans to differ from his predecessors’ approach and stop the nuclear program of North Korea. Press secretary Jen Psaki did not share any details but implied that Biden would not have a “grand bargain” like Trump did, nor would he approach with “strategic patience” as Obama did.
Kwon did not respond to Psaki’s words. 2016-17 saw North Korea test nuclear missiles after which their leader Kim Jong Un began a diplomatic summit with President Donald to discuss North Korea’s growing arsenal. The diplomatic talks however have been at a standstill these past two years because there have been differences as to how many sanctions can be given to North Korea for denuclearizing.
Kim had threatened in January to expand his arsenal of nuclear weapons and make advanced weapons to target the United States. He had said that the destiny of these ties now depends on whether the U.S. lets go of its hostile policy. After almost a year, North Korea conducted ballistic tests for short-range missiles in March.
Leif-Eric Easley said, “If Pyongyang agrees to working-level talks, the starting point of negotiations would be a freeze of North Korean testing and development of nuclear capabilities and delivery systems. If, on the other hand, Kim shuns diplomacy and opts for provocative tests, Washington will likely expand sanctions enforcement and military exercises with allies.” Easley is a professor in Seoul at Ewha University.
On Sunday, a North Korean spokesman from their Foreign Ministry shared a different yet strong response to the State Department’s recent statement that they would seek “accountability for the Kim regime” over their “egregious human rights situation.” He said this statement was an “all-out showdown with us.”