Korea says Biden policy shows US intent on being hostile -KCNA

Joanna Estrada
May 2, 2021

"Our policy calls for a calibrated practical approach that is open to and will explore diplomacy with the DPRK and to make practical progress that increases the security of the United States, our allies, and deployed forces".

The military initially failed to accurately determine how far North Korea flew ballistic missiles last month because of "blind spot" areas that radars in South Korea have due to the Earth's roundness, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Thursday.

DPRK stands for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official name.

The Biden administration has completed its review of past USA policy toward North Korea but has offered few clues as to what its approach will be, apart from remaining focused on the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Now that Biden's policy has become clear, North Korea "will be compelled to press for corresponding measures, and with time the USA will find itself in a very grave situation", he concluded.

Trump's two-term predecessor President Barack Obama, with Biden as vice president, chose "strategic patience", waiting for North Korea to take the initiative on denuclearization.

The law has raised concerns over freedom of speech, with the USA - a treaty ally of the South - describing it as a "significant human rights issue" in an annual report in March.

"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.

Vice President Joe Biden looks through binoculars to see North Korea from Observation Post Ouellette during a tour of the DMZ in 2013
Vice President Joe Biden looks through binoculars to see North Korea from Observation Post Ouellette during a tour of the DMZ in 2013 Credit Reuters

The Washington Post first reported Friday that the Biden Administration chose to pursue a phased agreement with North Korea that leads to full denuclearization.

In the meantime, Biden's so-called "diplomacy" has resulted in no meetings with the leader of North Korea and little progress on his ultimate goal of denuclearization.

The White House says President Joe Biden plans to veer from the approaches of his two most recent predecessors as he tries to stop North Korea's nuclear programme.

"If Pyongyang agrees to working-level talks, the starting point of negotiations would be a freeze of North Korean testing and development of nuclear capabilities and delivery systems", Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, said. Those tests were not prohibited under United Nations sanctions.

Activist groups have long sent flyers critical of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over human rights abuses and his nuclear ambitions across the DMZ, either flying them by hot air balloon or floating them across rivers.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Kim Yo Jong called the action by defectors a provocation against the North.

The South Korean parliament rapidly passed a law criminalising sending leaflets and USB drives - a favoured method of distributing information and entertainment.

The strategy will also be a major topic of conversation when Biden hosts South Korean President Moon Jae-In at the White House on May 21.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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