KIM Jong-un has ignored attempts at diplomacy from Joe Biden’s administration amid a growing concern about nuclear weapons in the nation.
Biden‘s administration reportedly began a behind-the-scenes push to begin talks with North Korea in mid-February, but has since received no response.
North Korea has reportedly ignored the Biden administration’s request for talksCredit: Reuters
Biden has referred to the North Korean leader as a ‘thug’Credit: Getty Images – Getty
A senior official in the administration told Reuters that there had been efforts to reach out to North Korea “through several channels starting in mid-February, including in New York. To date, we have not received any response from Pyongyang.”
President Biden has previously referred to Kim as a “thug” and said he would only meet with him “on the condition that he would agree that he would be drawing down his nuclear capacity.”
Earlier this year, the Council on Foreign Relations said that Kim’s quest for nuclear weapons is the most dangerous issue currently facing the world.
Tensions between North Korea and the US seemed to ease over the past few years, as Kim struck up an unusual friendship with former President Donald Trump.
Trump and Kim Jong-un struck up an unlikely friendshipCredit: AP:Associated Press
However, it is believed that this friendship did little to stop Kim from continuing to develop his nuclear arsenol.
Kim continued to develop missiles and did not manage to strike a deal with the US over his nukes, which he still refuses to give up.
Despite his friendship with Trump, there has reportedly been no contact between North Korea and the United States in over a year, “despite multiple attempts.”
Kim has declared the US North Korea’s ‘foremost principal enemy,’ but that apparently did not stop this bromanceCredit: AFP
North Korea has also yet to acknowledge Biden’s presidency.
After Biden was inaugurated in January, he made it clear that there would be a policy review on North Korea, which is expected in April.
Top US diplomat Anthony Blinken and defense secretary Lloyd Austin are due to travel to South Korea and Japan next week, where North Korea’s nuclear capabilities will be discussed.
North Korea has unveiled two new weapons over the last few months, a new submarine launched missile and the nation’s biggest ever ICBM, the Hwasong-16.
Kim is expected to use his nuclear weapons testing as a way to taunt Biden, in the same way he did with Barack Obama and Trump, before they struck up a friendship.
Kim has declared the US North Korea’s “foremost principal enemy” and has slammed Washington’s “hostile policy” towards Pyongyang.
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