North Korea denigrates US diplomacy

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North Korea deemed US diplomacy “spurious” on Sunday, rejecting the idea of ​​talks with Washington, the state-run North Korean news agency reported.

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The comments come after the US administration said President Joe Biden supported an “open diplomacy” approach with North Korea on denuclearization.

Diplomacy was for the United States a “spurious sign” intended to “cover their hostile acts,” said the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement released by the KCNA agency.

He also warned US President Joe Biden that he had made a “big blunder” with his “outdated” stance towards the country.

In a separate statement, also released by KCNA, the ministry accused the US president of insulting Kim Jong-Un, adding, “We have warned the US enough to understand that it will be wronged if it provokes us. “

On Wednesday, Joe Biden had told Congress that he would use “diplomacy as well as severe deterrence” to contain Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.

US policy will see “a calibrated, practical, open to diplomacy” approach with North Korea, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday.

“Our goal remains the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” she recalled.

Pleading for a “realistic” approach through diplomatic channels, in close consultation with South Korea and Japan, she remained evasive on possible initiatives under consideration, while distancing herself from previous administrations.

“Our policy will not be centered on the search for a big agreement”, she underlined, marking clearly the difference with the approach of Donald Trump.

“But it will not rely on strategic patience either,” she added, referring to an expression used during Barack Obama’s presidency.

On April 21, South Korean President Moon Jae-in called on Joe Biden to restart negotiations with Pyongyang.

“The most important thing for the two governments is to have a desire for dialogue and to sit down face to face as soon as possible,” said Mr. Moon, who is expected on May 21 at the White House to meet there. the American president.

Negotiations between the United States and North Korea have been at a standstill since the failure of the second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Hanoi in February 2019 and Pyongyang resumed its missile tests.