He’s looking to break out of Trump’s “big deal”, Obama’s “strategic patience” approaches.
The White House has said US President Joe Biden plans to deviate from the approaches of his two most recent predecessors as he tries to stop North Korea’s nuclear program, rejecting both the deeply personal effort of Donald Trump to conquer Kim Jong-un and the other hands of Barack Obama – outside approach.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced on Friday that administration officials have completed a review of US policy towards North Korea, considered one of the greatest threats to national security and most vexing facing the United States and its allies. Ms Psaki did not detail the findings of the review, but suggested that the administration would seek common ground between Mr Trump’s “big deal” and Mr Obama’s “strategic patience” approaches.
“Our goal remains the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula with a clear understanding that the efforts of the last four administrations have failed to achieve this goal,” Ms. Psaki told reporters on Air Force One as Mr. Biden visited Philadelphia. .
The administration said it would conduct the review shortly after Mr Biden took office in January. Ms Psaki said officials consulted with outside experts, allies and predecessors from several previous administrations as part of the process.
“Our policy will not focus on achieving a big market, nor will it be based on strategic patience,” she said.
Mr. Biden, like his former boss, Mr. Obama, has confirmed that he views North Korea as perhaps the most difficult foreign policy dilemma for the United States and its allies. But Ms Psaki’s comments suggest moving away from Mr Obama’s two-track policy of keeping the commitment open for his good behavior while seeking to impose sanctions for his bad behavior.
The Biden administration also appeared to signal that it was trying to set the stage for incremental progress, in which the stages of denuclearization by the North would be accompanied by corresponding actions, including sanctions relief, by states. -United