North Korea Accuses Joe Biden of Pursuing Hostile Policy Over its Nuclear Programme
The White House says he plans to take a “calibrated” approach to North Korea.
“Our policy will not focus on achieving a grand bargain, nor will it rely on strategic patience,” she said, saying that instead the US would pursue a “calibrated practical approach that is open to and will explore diplomacy” with North Korea while making “practical progress” on increasing security for the US and its allies.
The US is expected to host Japan and South Korea’s national security advisers for a discussion about the review soon.
He added: “We are going to be working closely with our allies to address the threats posed by both of these countries through diplomacy as well as stern deterrence.”
It is not clear to which comments on human rights the Pyongyang statement refers, but the Washington Post reports 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 make diplomatic contact with North Korea since mid-February.
It played down the North’s testing of short-range missiles last month, saying it was “normal military activity” and “business as usual”.