Joe Biden, in his first address to Congress, called North Korea’s and Iran’s nuclear programs “a serious threat to US and global security.”
North Korea warned on Sunday that the United States would face “a very serious situation” as President Joe Biden “made a big blunder” in his recent speech by calling the North a security threat and revealing his intention to maintain a hostile policy towards it.
Last week, Biden, in his first speech to Congress, called North Korea’s and Iran’s nuclear programs a “serious threat to US and global security,” and said he would work with his allies. to solve these problems through diplomacy and severe deterrence.
“His statement clearly reflects his intention to continue to apply the hostile policy towards the DPRK, as had been done by the United States for more than half a century,” said Kwon Jong Gun, a senior head of the North Korean Foreign Ministry, in a statement.
“It is certain that the US managing director made a big blunder in light of the current point of view,” Kwon said.
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“Now that the opening speech of the DPRK’s new US policy has become clear, we will be forced to press for the corresponding measures to be taken, and in time the United States will find itself in a very serious situation. . ” Kwon has still not clarified what action North Korea will take, and his statement could be seen as an effort to pressure the Biden administration as it shapes its policy in North Korea.
The White House said on Friday administration officials had completed a review of US policy toward North Korea, saying Biden planned to deviate from the approaches of his two most recent predecessors as he he was trying to stop North Korea’s nuclear program.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki did not detail the findings of the review, but suggested the administration would seek common ground between Donald Trump’s “big deal” and Trump’s “strategic patience” approaches. Barack Obama.
Kwon’s statement did not mention Psaki’s comments.
After carrying out a series of high-level nuclear and missile tests in 2016-17, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un launched summit diplomacy with Trump on the future of his growing nuclear arsenal.
But that diplomacy remains stuck for about two years due to differences in the amount of sanctions relief North Korea could earn in exchange for limited denuclearization steps.
In January, Kim threatened to expand his nuclear arsenal and build more high-tech weapons targeting the Americas, saying the fate of bilateral ties would depend on whether or not he abandoned his hostile policies.