Biden government sought contact with North Korea, but was ignored

Biden government sought contact with North Korea, but was ignored

The warning comes as the US and South Korea conduct scaled-down, simulated military exercises and US Secretary of State Tony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin have touched down in the region for meetings with their Japanese and South Korean counterparts. They have meetings in Tokyo tomorrow before speaking to officials in Seoul the next day.

A senior USA government official said Sunday that the Biden administration started reaching out to North Korea from mid-February but has received no response so far. "Now Kim's statement will be central to discussions". To date, we have not received any response from Pyongyang, ' the administration official said, asking not to be identified.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to issue a word of advice to the new United States administration, which is so eager to give off a smell of gunpowder in our land from across the ocean", she said.

"If they want to have a good night's sleep for the next four years, it would be good for them not to do things that would prevent them from sleeping properly from the start".

North Korea has so far ignored U.S. attempts to establish a dialogue, the White House said on Monday.

A senior administration official said the USA had tried to reach out to North Korea through multiple channels since last month, but had yet to receive a response, making consultations with the reclusive country's neighbours - Japan, South Korea and China - all the more critical. "North Korea's latest threats mean the allies have precious little time to coordinate their approaches on deterrence, sanctions and engagement".

The remarks came after Reuters reported that there had been efforts by the Biden administration to reach out to North Korea through several channels starting in mid-February, but Pyongyang remained unresponsive to the diplomatic outreach.

Biden's predecessor Donald Trump engaged in unprecedented summit diplomacy with Kim Jong Un.

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It has isolated itself further, imposing a strict border closure to protect itself against the coronavirus pandemic that first emerged in neighbouring China.

"It has to be nuanced because you can't just say, you know, we want to have talks, and the talks are going to be about North Korea's complete denuclearization, because that sounds very one sided", he told CNN. In a statement released by the North's state media on Tuesday, Kim also threatened to scrap a tension-easing military pact signed by Seoul and Pyeongyang in 2018 and even get rid of an organization in charge of cross-border affairs.

But inter-Korean relations have lain in ruin amid the stalemate in the nuclear diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang.

The South Korean and U.S. militaries began annual military exercises last week that continue through to Friday. Biden's team has been conducting a review of North Korea policy, which it expects to wrap up in coming weeks.

In Seoul, the unification ministry urged calm, saying that joint military drills with the USA should never be used to heighten tensions and vowing to continue to work to improve inter-Korean relations and help jumpstart denuclearization talks at an early date. Later, North Korea also unveiled a new submarine-launched ballistic missile at a military parade.

"War rehearsals can not coexist with dialogue, hostility can not coexist with co-operation", she said.

The U.S. and South Korea said the drills, which began on March 8 and were to last nine days, are "defensive" in nature and are mostly tabletop exercises and simulations that won't involve field training, according to South Korean defense officials.

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