USA open to diplomacy on denuclearization of North Korea: W.House

Alonzo Simpson
May 2, 2021

"Our goal remains the complete de-nuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula with a clear understanding that the efforts of the past four administrations have not achieved this objective", Psaki told reporters on Air Force One as Biden travelled to Philadelphia.

Kwon still didn't specify what steps North Korea would take, and his statement could be seen as an effort to apply pressure on the Biden administration as it's shaping up its North Korea policy. The Bush administration removed North Korea from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism and took other steps in exchange for Pyongyang's actions, which included disabling certain nuclear facilities.

On Friday, the U.S. said that it will continue to engage in negotiations with North Korea with the aim to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and will not look for a "grand bargain".

"We consulted closely with outside experts and our predecessors from several previous administrations and our way forward draws from their lessons learned and shared", Psaki said.

Biden is expected to reject both Donald Trump's deeply personal effort to win over Kim Jong Un and Barack Obama's more hands-off approach.

There was no mention of U.S. security guarantees for North Korea or a formal end to the Korean War, both of which had been demanded by the North and considered by the Trump team as part of a larger package.

Ilbo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump inside the demilitarized zone separating the South and North Korea
US open to diplomacy on denuclearization of North Korea: W.House

She added that the USA would continue to consult with the Republic of Korea (ROK), Japan, and other allies and partners on this issue.

Japan and South Korea differ in their own approaches toward North Korea.

Easley said the two back-to-back North Korean statements Sunday show that "Pyongyang is trying to drive a wedge between South Korea and the United States" ahead of the May 21 summit between Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Biden's first in-person foreign leader invite went to another Asian ally, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Ms. Psaki did not detail findings of the review, but suggested the administration would seek a middle ground between Mr. Trump's "grand bargain" and Mr. Obama's "strategic patience" approaches.

Biden administration officials have been consulting with Trump administration officials who took part in the Singapore talks between Kim and Trump in June 2018 as well as a second meeting in February 2019. Pyongyang wants the United States and its allies to lift economic sanctions imposed over its weapons programs.

Park said his organization floated 10 huge balloons carrying the leaflets, 500 booklets critical of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's government, and 5,000 one-dollar bills from sites near the border with North Korea. After Park announced the latest launches, he argued that the legislation that bans people from sending leaflets to North Korea violates the basic rights of the people, such as freedom of expression, freedom of publication, and freedom of assembly. Biden was briefed on the plan last week by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the paper reported.

Kim Jong Un does not intend to give up nuclear weapons nor reform North Korea's political system and it is hard to see how Washington could embrace a nuclear-armed North Korea that abuses human rights, Garlauskas said.

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