North Korea has attacked the administration of US President Joe Biden, which is preparing to unveil its strategy to deal with Pyongyang and its nuclear program.
The North Korean Foreign Ministry said recent comments from Washington show that Biden intends to maintain a “hostile policy.”
Last week, Biden described North Korea’s nuclear program as a “grave threat” to global security.
The White House says Biden intends to take a “calculated” approach to North Korea.
On Friday, White House spokeswoman Jane Psaki said that a review of US policy had been completed, noting that Biden learned from the experience of the previous four administrations that tried and failed to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
“Our policy will not focus on achieving a big deal, and it will not rely on a strategy of patience,” she said, noting that the United States would instead follow a “pragmatic, calculated approach, which is open to diplomacy and exploration” with North Korea, while making progress at the same time My work “is in terms of enhancing the security of the United States and its allies.
The United States is expected to soon host the national security advisers of Japan and South Korea to discuss the review.
In a statement broadcast by North Korea’s state media on Sunday, the State Department described Biden’s comments about its nuclear program – in a speech to Congress last week – as “intolerable” and “enormous folly.”
Kwon Jung-geon, of the American Affairs Department of the North Korean Foreign Ministry, said, “His (Biden) statements clearly reflect his intention to continue implementing the hostile policy towards the DPRK [كوريا الشمالية] As the United States has done for more than half a century. “
A separate Foreign Ministry statement said previous comments critical of the human rights situation in North Korea insulted the dignity of leader Kim Jong Un, and showed that the United States is “preparing for a full-scale confrontation.”
Biden said in a joint session of Congress, marking the 100th anniversary of his inauguration, that North Korea’s nuclear program, along with Iran, represent “serious threats to America’s security and world security.”
He added, “We will work closely with our allies to confront the threats posed by both countries through diplomacy and strict deterrence.”
It is not clear which human rights comments were referred to in the Pyongyang statement, but the “Washington Post” reported that the White House is expected to appoint a special envoy for human rights in North Korea soon.
Washington says it has been trying to establish diplomatic contacts with North Korea since mid-February.
Washington played down North Korea’s test of short-range missiles last month, saying it was “normal military activity.”
So far, Pyongyang has not recognized Joe Biden as the new president of the United States.
Biden, during his election campaign, described Kim Jong Un as a “thug” and said that the denuclearization of North Korea must happen before the harsh economic sanctions imposed by the United States and the United Nations are eased.
Shortly before Biden took office, Kim gave a speech in which he described the United States as his country’s “greatest enemy” and announced his ambitions to expand his nuclear arsenal. But he also added that he did not rule out diplomacy.
Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, was the first US president to have direct contact with Kim Jong Un – meeting him three times. However, the two men failed to reach any agreement on halting Pyongyang’s nuclear program or Washington’s rolling back of sanctions.