A White House spokesman said that North Korea warned the US on May 2, a day after reviewing its policy toward North Korea.
In a statement by Kwon Jong Gun, head of the North America Department of North Korea’s Foreign Ministry, North Korea warned that it would seek “the same measure” after US President Joe Biden’s speech in Capitol Hill last week. Biden said the United States planned to deal with North Korea’s nuclear threats through “diplomacy and determination”. In the statement, Kwon said that if the United States tries to approach North Korea-US relations through “old-fashioned and old-school policies” from the perspective of the Cold War, it would be increasingly ineffective in the near future. Will face
White House spokesman Jane Saki revealed the Biden administration’s new policy toward North Korea on April 30, stating that the policy “will not focus on achieving a grand bargain nor will it rely on strategic patience.” However, Saki said that its goal remains “complete decentralization of the Korean peninsula” and emphasized that the policy was created after discussions with Seoul, Tokyo and other allies.
Along with statements contradicting Washington’s new policy and Biden’s remarks, Pyongyang also condemned the remarks of a US State Department spokesman on the North’s human rights. State Department spokesman Ned Price issued a statement on 28 April criticizing North Korea as one of the world’s most repressive and totalitarian states. A Foreign Ministry spokesman called Price’s remarks an insult to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
As Pyongyang has pointed its way toward Washington in recent days with harsh statements, experts say the North’s recent responses have been strategic criticisms of the US to ensure that they want to withdraw hostile policies.
The new policy of the Biden administration toward North Korea aims to resolve the North’s issues with North Korea gradually, achieved by focusing on diplomacy and the goals set by the previous administration.
“From the North’s point of view, the Biden administration’s policy toward North Korea was determined in a more acceptable way. The position of the Biden administration honoring the Singapore Agreement can be seen as Washington’s concession to Pyongyang, ”Park Won-gon, a professor of North Korean studies at Ava University in Seoul, told The Diplomat. The Singapore Accord was signed by Kim and the then US President Donald Trump during their historic summit in 2018. Park also said that the Biden administration had no choice but to formulate its policy towards North Korea, taking into account the policies taken by previous governments. In the last 30 years, because there is no clear solution about denuclearization of North Korea.
Park said that the main goal of the recent condemnation of North Korea is to withdraw its hostile policy to the US. Pyongyang is raising its voice to escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula as a “strategic task”, which increases bargaining power with Washington.
“Since the Biden administration has said that it will not take ‘strategic patience’ toward the north, it will seek to approach North Korea, even if the North maintains that it will not engage in negotiations with the US, because of its Demands have been met. Met, “Park said.
Before the Biden administration’s new policy was officially announced, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan suggested that the Obama administration introduced a phased nuclear approach to Iran. The atomization of the answer can be obtained from.
The 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which was rescinded by the Trump administration, included easing economic sanctions in exchange for Iran’s pledge to halt the development of nuclear weapons and submit to international inspections. On the other hand, the Libyan model sometimes raised in the North Korean context was a “big or go home” approach, where the US demanded that Libya complete dismantling of its nuclear weapons and then provide compensation in the form of follow-up.
“In the big picture, it is right to get denuclearization in the same direction as the Iran nuclear deal. However, North Korea wants a different method in the phased denuclearization process accepted by Iran, and has no intention of phased denuclearization under a concrete and long-term plan as Iran has accepted from the US, ”said Park.
Unlike North Korea, Iran has never conducted nuclear tests or produced nuclear weapons, and the nuclear deal was created as a “joint comprehensive action plan” with the United States and other major countries. However, given the circumstances, Pyongyang would only consider reaching an agreement with Washington, even if it could get assistance from China and Russia. Experts said that with the limited outlook and environment around the Korean peninsula, it may be difficult for Seoul to play the role of a mediator when Washington has strained relations with Beijing.
North Korea wants to be officially recognized as a nuclear power by the international community, but the United States will never accept it. As a result, experts raised the possibility that the US may not have many options to resume negotiations with North Korea, as the North has already vowed not to return to the negotiating table unless economic sanctions and Hostile policies are not removed at first.