A senior official in the US President’s administration, Joe Biden, said that North Korea She has not responded to secret diplomatic communication attempts by the US administration, since mid-February, some of them with the Pyongyang mission at the United Nations.
The revelation of the unsuccessful and previously undisclosed US efforts raises questions about how President Biden has dealt with the growing tension with North Korea over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
The senior US official spoke to Reuters, Saturday, March 13, 2021, without revealing his name, and revealed few details about the US diplomatic effort, but explained that the administration made efforts to communicate with the North Korean government “through several channels starting in mid-February.” “As of today, we have not received any response from Pyongyang,” he added.
This comes while the Biden administration has so far been cautious about publicly describing the nature of its approach with North Korea, and says it is conducting a comprehensive review of the US policy towards the Asian country, in the wake of the unprecedented engagement between former President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader. Kim Jong Un.
Trump’s attempts had failed to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, and the US official said that the two countries had not apparently engaged in an effective dialogue for more than a year that included the end of the Trump administration, “despite numerous attempts by the United States during that period.”
The Biden administration is expected to complete a review of US policy towards Pyongyang within weeks. Biden had described Kim during his election campaign as a “thug” and said that he would only meet with him on condition that he “agree to dismantle his nuclear capabilities.”
Trump largely ignored the dozens of missile tests North Korea conducted in 2019, and those tests helped Pyongyang improve the accuracy and capabilities of its missiles, said General Robert Abrams, the commander of US forces in South Korea.
North Korea also unveiled a new ICBM during a ceremony in October 2020, and weapons experts said that the missile appeared to be a larger version of the “Hwasong-15”, a ballistic missile North Korea demonstrated that it has a range that allows it to strike the United States.
In January, the official Korean Central News Agency, KCNA, quoted Kim as saying, “Our foreign political activities must be focused and redirected towards confronting the United States, our biggest enemy and the main obstacle to our innovative development paths.”
Kim added, “Regardless of who is in power in the United States, the fundamental nature of the United States and its fundamental policies toward North Korea never change.” Therefore, “the key to establishing new relations between [كوريا الشمالية] And the United States depends on whether the United States will retreat from its hostile policies, “according to what the Korean agency quoted.