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North Korea accuses Biden of pursuing hostile policy

International desk || shiningbd

Published: 10:43, 2 May 2021  
North Korea accuses Biden of pursuing hostile policy

Joe Biden, who visited the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas as vice-president in 2013, wants a "calibrated" approach to the North

North Korea has hit out at the Biden administration as it prepares to unveil its strategy for dealing with Pyongyang and its nuclear programme.

The foreign ministry said recent comments out of Washington showed President Joe Biden was intent on maintaining a "hostile policy".

Earlier this week, Mr Biden called North Korea's nuclear programme a "serious threat" to global security.

The White House says he plans to take a "calibrated" approach to North Korea.

Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Friday that a review of US policy had been completed and suggested Mr Biden had learned from the experience of the previous four administrations who have tried, and failed, to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons programme.

"Our policy will not focus on achieving a grand bargain, nor will it rely on strategic patience," she said, saying that instead the US would pursue a "calibrated practical approach that is open to and will explore diplomacy" with North Korea while making "practical progress" on increasing security for the US and its allies.

The US is expected to host Japan and South Korea's national security advisers for a discussion about the review soon.

In a statement carried on state media on Sunday, North Korea's foreign ministry called President Biden comments about its nuclear programme - in a speech to Congress this week - "intolerable" and a "big blunder".

"His statement clearly reflects his intent to keep enforcing the hostile policy towards the DPRK [North Korea] as it had been done by the US for over half a century," said Kwon Jong-gun, of the Department of US Affairs of the Foreign Ministry.

A separate foreign ministry statement said previous comments criticising North Korea's human rights situation insulted the dignity of leader Kim Jong-un and showed the US is "girding itself up for an all-out showdown".