Biden administration’s offers of diplomatic negotiations on de-nuclearization deemed “spurious” by North Korea

Washington, May 2 2021: A day after the Biden administration made an offer of diplomatic negotiations on de-nuclearization, the gesture was branded by North Korea as “spurious”. The country dismissed the idea of talks with Washington and according to state media, the foreign ministry of North Korea labelled the US brand of diplomacy as a “spurious signboard” for the United States to “cover up its hostile acts,”

It also warned President Joe Biden that he had made a “big blunder” with his “outdated” stance towards the country. Biden had said in his first address as president to Congress on Wednesday that he would use “diplomacy as well as stern deterrence” to contain North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

In a recent statement issued by the White House on Friday, the US reiterated its stance saying that its goal remains “the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.” US policy will see “a calibrated, practical approach that is open to and will explore diplomacy”, and would not “focus on achieving a grand bargain,” apparently referring to the kind of dramatic over-arching deal that former president Donald Trump initially suggested was possible when he met with North Korea’s leader.

Jen Psaki, White House spokesperson gave little indication of what kind of diplomatic initiative this could entail, but suggested that Biden had learned from the experience of previous administrations, who have struggled for decades to deal with the dictatorship in North Korea or, in recent years, its growing nuclear arsenal.

Neither would the White House follow the more standoff approach called “strategic patience,” espoused by Barack Obama, Psaki said.

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