It had been taking a wait-and-see approach since the new U.S. President Joe Biden took office in January this year. But, now it's back. North Korea, that is, with scathing criticism lashing out at the U.S. as well as its southern neighbor.
The future of North Korea, U.S. relations and how it will impact inter-Korean relations: Let's talk about it on News In-depth tonight with Evans Revere, Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group.
Mr. Evans Revere was previously the principal Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and he joins us live from New Jersey.
Mr. Revere, as always, it's wonderful to have you on the show.
Over the weekend, North Korea said President Biden made “a big blunder” by calling its nuclear program a threat, and warned the U.S. of a "very grave situation" should it continue its "hostile" policy. This comes right after President Biden's Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the administration had finalized its North Korea policy review and just weeks ahead of Presidents Moon and Biden's first in-person summit. What are North Korea's motives behind the harsh criticism?
U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, in an interview with ABC News said that Washington's North Korea policy is not aimed at hostility but solutions. He added the U.S. aims to ultimately achieve complete denuclearization through "practical steps". We know that the Biden administration is looking to draw up a policy that's different from the Trump and the Obama administrations. What "practical steps" do you expect from its new North Korea policy and how would they be different from the past two administrations?
North Korea, in a separate statement, also said the U.S. insulted the dignity of its supreme leader and warned the U.S. will regret its rash actions. This followed the U.S. State Department's labeling of the North as one of the most repressive and totalitarian states in the world. How much would the Biden administration's focus on North Korea's human rights issues impact future Washington-Pyeongyang dialogue?
This deals a huge blow to President Moon's Korea peace initiative which first aims to reengage North Korea in dialogue with the U.S. Would President Moon earn support, at least from the U.S., on his drive to materialize the peace initiative during the upcoming S. Korea-U.S. summit?
Do you expect further provocations from the North in the near future, and would it cross dangerous lines by perhaps involving an ICBM?
Evans Revere, Senior Advisor, at Albright Stonebridge Group joining us live from New Jersey for us. Thank you.