The U.S. has clarified that its policy towards North Korea is not aimed at hostility but at solutions to ultimately reach the goal of completely denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, in an interview with ABC News on Sunday, said the U.S. is prepared to engage in diplomacy towards that ultimate objective, but will work on practical measures that can help make progress along the way.
This is in response to North Korea accusing President Joe Biden of making a big mistake, and telling the U.S. that it will find itself in a very difficult situation in a statement carried by the North's state media on Sunday.
Pyeongyang took issue with President Biden's address to Congress last Wednesday in which he said Washington will work closely with its allies to address the North Korea nuclear issue through diplomacy as well as deterrence and after the Biden administration said late last month that its comprehensive policy review on North Korea is complete.
"The new U.S. approach in dealing with North Korea seems to involve the step-by-step approach from the two countries' 2018 summit in Singapore. This is different from Trump's one-off approach and from the practically negligent approach set by the Obama administration. The Biden administration's approach implies that it'll try to agree on a feasible level that could be achieved first, to ultimately reach denuclearization, and in the process lessen the nuclear and missile threats posed by North Korea."
The expert added that the two Koreas will welcome the new step-by-step approach and that the month of June will be a turning point in reviving the momentum for dialogue between the two Koreas as well as between Pyeongyang and Washington.
He said the recent rebuke by the North is a way of showing dissatisfaction at some of the methods of the U.S. that it sees as "hostile."
This includes the recent criticisms of North Korea's human rights violations by the State Department, which the North considers as ultimately undermining its supreme leader.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.