Korean Central News Agency / Korea News Service via AP
North Korea warned on Sunday that the United States would face a serious situation if it continued to pursue its “hostile policy” against Pyongyang’s nuclear program. The statement attributed to Kwon Jong Gun, head of the State Department’s Department of American Affairs, comes as the Biden administration is ready to unveil a new strategy for dealing with the isolated Asian nation.
The statement said President Biden made a “big blunder” when he called North Korea and Iran’s nuclear programs a security threat during a speech before a joint congressional session on Wednesday. Biden said he would work with allies to tackle the threats of “diplomacy and strict deterrence.”
The statement, published on a government news site, warned that North Korea could respond with “similar measures.”
On Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the administration had completed a “thorough, rigorous and inclusive” political review of North Korea. She said the administration’s goals are aimed at the complete nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula – something she noted the last four administrations had not achieved. It will not focus on getting a great deal or relying on strategic patience, she said.
Former President Donald Trump tried to develop a personal relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with a goal of making a big purchase to slow down the country’s nuclear program. This was a dramatically different approach than former President Barack Obama, who believed that patient diplomacy would bring about change in Pyongyang.
North Korea’s recent comments show that it is determined to continue its nuclear program. Analysts expect North Korea will test Biden’s attempts at provocative actions. It launched two short-range ballistic missiles in late March.