The White House made it clear Monday that President Joe Biden does not intend to sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Asked if Biden's diplomatic approach to the regime would include sitting down with the North's leader like President Trump did, the White House said no.
"I think his approach would be quite different and this is not his intention."
This reaffirms that the Biden administration's North Korea policy will be different than the former administration, signaling there would be no high-profile, unconditional meetings with Kim.
During his first press briefing since taking office, coming after Pyeongyang's launch of a new type of tactical short-range ballistic missile, Biden stressed late last week that Washington remains open to diplomacy, but warned there would be a response if the regime escalates tensions.
Also, during his final presidential debate with Trump in October last year, Biden underscored the need for denuclearization.
Back then, he said he would only sit down with Kim if he pledged to reduce his nuclear capacity.
Against this backdrop, the White House Press Secretary said last Friday, that the Biden administration is in the final stages of its North Korea policy review, adding that it's in close coordination with South Korea and Japan.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.