US calls on North Korea ‘diplomatically engage’

    The United States said it is ready to join diplomatically with Pyongyang to achieve the ultimate goal of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, following the completion of a month-long review of US policy on North Korea.

    “We now have a policy that calls for a pragmatic pragmatic approach that will seek to make open and open diplomacy with North Korea, to make pragmatic progress that will allow the United States, our allies, and our deployed forces Enhances security. ” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said this during a virtual joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in London on Monday.

    Rab said the UK and US “shared a strategic paradigm,” and the two countries would support each other’s efforts.

    On Friday, the Biden administration announced that it had completed a review of North Korean policy, expressing an openness to dialogue with the communist communist nation. The US also hopes to appoint a special envoy for North Korean human rights issues.

    North Korea said in a series of statements on the US and its allies on Sunday that Washington’s recent comments are evidence of hostile policy.

    A statement by Kwon Jong Gun, head of the North America Department of North Korea’s Foreign Ministry, warns that Pyongyang will seek “the same measure” and if Washington ties with Pyongyang in perspective of “old and old-school policies” Tries to make contact. The Cold War, it will face an increasingly ineffective crisis in the near future.

    “I hope that North Korea will take the opportunity to engage diplomatically and to see if there are ways to move towards the purpose of complete autocracy of the Korean peninsula. And so, we call North Korea not only Will watch for. Top US diplomat said what it actually does in the coming days and months.

    Blinken’s remarks follow his separate meetings with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu and South Korea’s Foreign Minister Chung Yui-yong, where foreign ministers promised US-Japan-ROK tripartite cooperation towards denuclearization of the Korean peninsula did.

    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks with South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Yoo-yong during a bilateral meeting on May 3, 2021 in London as part of the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting.

    Blinken arrived in London on Sunday for meetings with his counterparts from the G-7 nations, with three days of formal meetings and side discussions, with the coronavirus epidemic on the agenda, China and Russia.

    “We also discussed China. I think it’s fair to say that we are eye-witnessing the need to stand up for our values, holding Beijing to commitments, whether it is in relation to Hong Kong? Rhino -British) joint declaration or broad commitments, “Rab said during Monday’s press conference.

    He added that the US and the UK are also exploring creative ways to work with China “in a sensible and positive way” on issues including climate change when possible.

    Senior US officials said that it was not Washington’s objective to try to contain China or hold China, but to uphold an international rules-based order.

    Biden has identified competition with China as his administration’s biggest foreign policy challenge. In his first speech to Congress last Wednesday, he resolved to maintain a strong US military presence in the Indo-Pacific and promote American technological development.

    Last month, Blinken said the US was concerned about China’s aggressive actions against Taiwan and warned that it would be a “grave mistake” for anyone to try to forcefully change the status quo in the Western Pacific.

    Iran and North Korea, two nations whose nuclear programs have been the focus of negotiations in recent years, were scheduled to discuss a dinner on Monday night.

    Blinken’s other sideline meetings on Monday included talks with Brunei Foreign Minister II Dato Aryan Yusuf and Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

    The G-7 Ministerial Dialogue is laying the foundation for a summit meeting of the leaders of the countries which are also in the UK in June.

    In addition to Britain and the United States, the G-7 includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. Australia, India, South Africa, South Korea and Brunei are also participating in this week’s talks.

    After the G-7 meetings, Blinken is scheduled to travel to Ukraine to hold a meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky and other government officials.

    State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement that Blinken would “unwaveringly confirm America’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s continued aggression.”

    (VOA’s Chris Hanas contributed to this story.)


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