The United States is taking a new approach to Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons to try to bring it back into discussion.
Sung Kim, the U.S. special envoy to North Korea, offered to meet with Pyongyang officials “anywhere, anytime” amid a continuing stalemate in negotiations between the two.
Meanwhile, the United States will continue to enforce United Nations 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 hope that the DPRK will respond positively to our implementation, and to our offer to meet anywhere at any time without preconditions,” he said, referring to North Korea under its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Kim, whose appointment has been announced last month’s peak between U.S. President Joe Biden and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, they arrived Saturday in Seoul for a five-day visit.
The Biden administration has promised promise a “practical, calibrated approach” to North Korea, including diplomatic efforts, to convince the country to give up its banned nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
In his first response to Biden’s political magazine, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said last week that Pyongyang must prepare for “dialogue and confrontation”.
Talks aimed at convincing Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program have stalled since the collapse of a third summit between the North Korean leader and Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump.
U.S. envoy Kim had back-to-back meetings with South Korea’s first nuclear envoy, Noh Kyu-duk, as well as a trilateral session attended by his Japanese counterpart, Takehiro Funakoshi.
Noh said he and Kim discussed ways to cooperate and facilitate the “prompt” resumption of dialogue with North Korea. Noh and Funakoshi were also scheduled to have a bilateral meeting to discuss North Korea.
Last week, Kim Jong Un said North Korea’s food situation was “tense,” waking up in a country with a dying agricultural sector that has long struggled to feed itself and is now under self-imposed isolation. try to protect yourself against pandemic coronavirus.
KCTV, run by the state, said Sunday that Kim Jong Un and senior officials had discussed “emergency measures” to address the country’s “current food crisis.”
North Korea has long insisted it had no cases of the virus – a claim dubbed analysts – but paid a heavy economic price for its self-imposed blockade.
Trade with China, its economic lifeline, has slowed down by a thread, while all international aid efforts are under strict restrictions.