North Korea dismisses ‘spurious’ US diplomacy: State media
Category: News & PoliticsVia: hallux • 2 weeks ago • 14 comments
By: Al Jazeera
North Korea has been trapped in in a Skinner box of perpetual angst since the 1950s.
North Korea branded US diplomacy “spurious” on Sunday, dismissing the idea of talks with Washington a day after the Biden administration said it was open to diplomatic negotiations on denuclearisation, state media reported.
Diplomacy was a “spurious signboard” for the United States to “cover up its hostile acts”, the North Korean foreign ministry said in a statement run by the KCNA news agency.
It also warned President Joe Biden that he had made a “big blunder” with his “outdated” stance towards the country.
In a separate statement also run by KCNA, the foreign ministry accused Biden of insulting Kim Jong Un, and added, “We have warned the US sufficiently enough to understand that it will get hurt if it provokes us.”
Biden had said in his first address as president to Congress on Wednesday that he would use “diplomacy as well as stern deterrence” to contain North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
Jenny Town, director of 38 North, a Washington-based North Korea monitoring programme, told Reuters news agency the broad strokes of the Biden policy sound good so far.
“But the details will matter greatly to assessing how successful the administration might be with this ‘new approach’. Not sure there’s much to say until we see more,” she said.
There are ongoing concerns that North Korea might return to testing nuclear devices. North Korea launched two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea near Japan in March.
The White House did not say whether it would offer concessions to convince North Korea to return to talks.
The Biden administration has simultaneously signalled a hard line on human rights, denuclearisation and sanctions, while making diplomatic overtures that officials say have been rebuffed by Pyongyang, which has long demanded sanctions relief.