Wednesday, 05 May, 2021


Defying Government Ban, Activist Says He Sent Leaflets to North Korea

Joe Biden Biden administration to pursue 'practical' North Korea nuclear diplomacy
Melba Vasquez | 02 May, 2021, 06:56

"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". In an interview last week with The New York Times, Moon said the US should sit down with North Korea to move toward a nuclear deal.

The human rights criticism is a provocation that shows the United States is "girding itself up for an all-out showdown" with North Korea, and will be answered accordingly, the unnamed spokesman said.

The White House Friday confirmed the Biden Administration has completed a months-long review of North Korea policy and will chart a different path than former President Donald Trump in an effort to end North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile program. "Now that the keynote of the USA new DPRK policy has become clear, we will be compelled to press for corresponding measures, and with time the USA will find itself in a very grave situation".

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 White House press secretary added, the Biden administration has consulted with experts, predecessors and US allies to determine the best way to move forward.

As part of the administration's review of North Korea policy, Biden's team consulted with predecessors from previous administrations as well as South Korean and Japanese counterparts, according to Psaki.

The White House and State Department did not immediately comment on the latest North Korean statements. But that diplomacy remains stalled for about two years over differences in how much sanctions relief North Korea could win in return for limited denuclearization steps.

The legislation allows punishment of up to three years in prison and fines of up to $27,000 for distributing visual media posts and flyers to North Korea from the South Korean side of the border.

"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.

In a third statement on Sunday, Kim Yo Jong, a senior official in the government and sister of leader Kim Jong Un, sharply criticized South Korea for failing to stop defector activists from launching anti-North Korea leaflets. "If, on the other hand, Kim shuns diplomacy and opts for provocative tests, Washington will likely expand sanctions enforcement and military exercises with allies".

South Korean officials earlier said they were checking if Park truly floated the leaflets and that they would deal with the case in line with the law.

Mr Biden called Mr Kim "a thug" during his election campaign and said North Korean nuclear disarmament had to happen before the crippling economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and the United Nations could be relaxed. She accused the South Korean government of "winking at" the leaflets.

On May 21 Biden is due to have his first meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has pushed for more engagement with North Korea.

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