The United States is adopting a new approach to Pyongyang with nuclear weapons to try to get it back in the talks.
Sung Kim, the U.S. special envoy to North Korea, has offered to meet with Pyongyang officials “anywhere and anytime” amid a continuing stalemate in negotiations between the two.
Meanwhile, the United States will continue to enforce UN Security Council sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear weapons program and urge other countries to do the same, Kim said Monday.
“We continue to expect the DPRK to respond positively to our dissemination and our offer to meet anywhere at any time without preconditions,” he said, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic. of Korea.
Kim, whose appointment was announced at last month’s summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in arrived in Seoul on Saturday for a five-day visit.
The Biden administration does previously promised a “practical and calibrated approach” to North Korea, including diplomatic efforts, to convince the country to stop its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs banned.
In his first response to the Biden policy review, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said it last week Pyongyang must be prepared both for “dialogue and for confrontation”.
Talks aimed at convincing Pyongyang to cede its nuclear weapons program have stalled since the collapse of a third summit between North Korean leader and Biden predecessor Donald Trump.
U.S. envoy Kim held consecutive meetings with South Korea’s top nuclear envoy, Noh Kyu-duk, as well as a trilateral session with his Japanese counterpart, Takehiro Funakoshi.
Noh said he and Kim discussed ways to cooperate and facilitate the “rapid” resumption of dialogue with North Korea. Noh and Funakoshi also planned to hold a bilateral meeting to discuss North Korea.
Last week, Kim Jong Un said North Korea’s food situation was “tense”, sounding the alarm in a country with a dying agricultural sector that has long struggled to feed itself and is now in isolation. self-imposed to try to protect against the pandemic coronavirus.
State-run KCTV reported on Sunday that Kim Jong Un and senior officials had discussed “emergency measures” to deal with the country’s “current food crisis.”
North Korea has long insisted it has had no case of the virus, which analysts doubt, but has paid a heavy economic price for its self-imposed blockade.
Trade with China, its economic lifeline, has gradually shrunk, while all international aid tasks face strict restrictions.