North Korea has yet to respond to diplomatic efforts initiated behind the scenes by the Joe Biden administration in mid-February, a US president told Reuters.
The failure of the United States’ moves casts doubt on Biden’s strategy to respond to mounting tensions with Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons and missile programs.
On the other hand, the case also brings a new dimension to the visit by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to South Korea and Japan, which is scheduled for next week. Concerns about the North Korean nuclear arsenal should be on the agenda.
On condition of anonymity, the Biden administration official did not provide many details about the US diplomatic approach, but said attempts were made to admit the North Korean government “through various channels, including from New York” – in the north from mid-February contact Korea’s Mission to the United Nations.
“To date, we have not received a response from Pyongyang,” said the American official.
The Biden administration has cautiously described its strategy for North Korea, merely saying that it is undertaking a policy overhaul being followed by former President Donald Trump, who has had an unprecedented relationship with the North leader. -Korean, Kim Jong- un.
However, Trump’s efforts to convince North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons have failed.
The Biden administration official announced that there has been no active dialogue between the US and North Korea for more than a year, not even in the final stages of the Trump administration, “despite multiple attempts by the US during this period”.
During the American election campaign, Biden described Kim as a “ruffian” and said he would only meet him in person “on condition that he agrees to give up his nuclear skills”.
Blinken even admitted the possibility of additional sanctions in coordination with US allies to pressure North Korea to denuclearize itself.
The US Secretary of State will host the first face-to-face meetings between top members of the Biden administration and Chinese political leaders in Alaska, scheduled for March 18. The Trump administration accused China of failing to enforce sanctions against North Korea.
A recently released confidential UN report concluded that North Korea maintained and developed its nuclear and ballistic program in violation of international sanctions over the past year, funding it with approximately $ 300 million stolen in cyber attacks.