“The goal of our policy towards North Korea is not hostility. Its goal is solutions,” White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday.
The goal of the United States is still the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and Washington is ready to engage in diplomatic work and discuss practical measures to achieve this goal, he added.
Earlier on Sunday, North Korea lashed out at the United States and its allies in South Korea, saying that recent statements from Washington indicate a hostile policy that requires an appropriate response from Pyongyang.
The statements, carried by the state-run KCNA news agency, came after the White House announced on Friday the end of a months-long policy review on North Korea, highlighting the challenges facing President Joe Biden, who is keen to highlight the difference between his approach and the failures of his predecessors.
In one statement, a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman accused Washington of insulting the dignity of the country’s top leadership, which, he said, was expressed in criticism of the human rights situation in North Korea.
In another statement, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry director for US affairs, Kwon Jong-Geun, referred to Biden’s speech to Congress on Wednesday, in which the president said that North Korea and Iran’s nuclear programs pose a threat and that the problem will be solved through “diplomacy and tough deterrence.” “His statement clearly reflects his intention to continue pursuing a hostile policy towards the DPRK, as the US has done for more than half a century,” Kwon Jong-Geun said.