When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said this last week The country prepared for both “dialogue and confrontation.” With the United States, eyebrows have gone up in Washington, D.C. and the White House.
Jake Sullivan, the US National Security Adviser, took note of the statement and described it in the US press as an “interesting signal.” Sullivan is the principal security advisor to US President Joe Biden, and uttered with cautious optimism On behalf of Biden.
Now it appears that Sullivan and Biden’s cautious optimism and hopes for negotiations have been dashed by the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
towards the United States
Sister Kim Yo Jong is a reliable supporter and advisor to the North Korean leader, and holds a high position in the North Korean regime.
In a statement to the North Korean news agency KCNA Kim’s sister opposes Sullivan’s comments.
First in a vague Korean proverb, then in plain text.
“I heard the news that the US National Security Adviser said that he considers our attitude towards the United States an ‘interesting signal.’ The Korean proverb says: ‘In a dream, the most important thing is to interpret it, not to get it.'” The statement said that the United States may have interpreted the situation in a way that reassured itself. “.
Then Kim Yo-jong goes to work even harder.
“Expectations, which they choose to handle incorrectly, will cause them to sink into even greater disappointment.”
Since Biden was sworn in as president on January 20 this year, the United States has said it is ready to negotiate with North Korea anytime and anywhere, but has also stressed the importance of the North Korean regime abandoning its nuclear weapons. .
Experts don’t believe the United States will really be ready to confront North Korea at the negotiating table before the North Korean regime makes certain concessions, according to The Guardian.
The British newspaper described Biden’s approach to North Korea as a mixture of Donald Trump and Barack Obama’s approach to the closed regime.
While Donald Trump initially took a very aggressive stance but then in negotiating with Kim Jong Un, Barack Obama chose to wait for the right moment to start negotiations.
It is clear that the right moment did not come during the Obama era.
It ended in disappointment
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un met several times during Trump’s four years in office. They held two summits, but the last one, in Hanoi in February 2019, ended in disappointment.
North Korea demanded that the United States lift many of its sanctions, but was unwilling to move far enough toward disarmament from the United States’ viewpoint. Trump and Kim parted ways.
– This is a clear setback, Professor Stein Tonson at the PRIO Peace Research Institute said at the time.
Since then, there has been a stalemate in relations between the two countries:
Biden described North Korea’s nuclear program as a “serious threat” to the United States and world security, as well as North Korea Contact the United States to pursue a “hostile” policy.