President Biden has addressed North Korea's latest missile launches, explaining that Washington will respond appropriately if the regime continues to escalate tensions.
"Let me say that number one, U.N. Resolution 1718 was violated by those particular missiles that were tested, number one. We're consulting with our allies and partners and there will be responses if they choose to escalate, we will respond accordingly."
Speaking Thursday at his first formal press conference since taking office, Biden also stressed that his administration is preparing to engage in diplomacy with the regime.
"But I'm also prepared for some form of diplomacy, but it has to be conditioned upon the end result of denuclearization. So that's what we're doing right now, consulting with our allies."
His remarks come as the North fired two short-range missiles into the East Sea on Thursday, which many pundits see as a move that was long-planned.
President Biden also addressed China.
Noting the intense competition between Washington and Beijing, he reaffirmed that the U.S. will remain the world's economic leader, regardless of China's intentions to replace it.
He also stressed that the U.S. will continue to grow and expand.
Biden also said Washington will work closely with its allies to hold China accountable for its actions on Taiwan, Hong Kong, the South China Sea as well as its treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang Province.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.