Kim Jong-un says regime should be ready for both dialogue, confrontation with U.S.
Updated: 2021-06-18 14:44:53 KST
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said his regime should be ready for both dialogue and confrontation with the U.S.
BUT he stressed the need to be more fully prepared for confrontation.
In its first strategy and policy direction since the Biden administration took office in January, Pyeongyang on Friday also called for efforts to take (quote) "stable control" of the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
"The dialogue part applies to both Seoul and Washington. The fact that the North didn't feature any lashing out or conditions, it's taking a more flexible stance on resuming talks."
But analysts say it is still too early right now to say whether the regime is up for talks with Washington.
"Improving people's lives is the North's top priority at the moment so it's focusing on taking stable control of that situation."
Instead, Kim Jong-un may wait and watch over Washington's movement for now.
In fact, for the first time, the regime's key party meeting covered child care policy.
The young leader has pledged to provide nutritional products for all children in the reclusive state, acknowledging the regime's previous lack of support for kids.
Thursday's meeting also saw the North indicate that it would play a more active role in international affairs like the U.S.-China tensions.
While the three-day meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party is still ongoing, Pyeongyang is expected to unveil more specific messages toward Seoul and Washington once the meeting comes to an end.
Closely watching the North's meeting, Seoul's unification ministry said on Friday that the best way to achieve permanent peace on the Korean peninsula is through dialogue and cooperation.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.