On Thursday, North Korea announced that they are declining an offer from the United States to talk unless we withdraw our “hostile policy.”
This came after the Biden administration reached out to Pyongyang in order to resume nuclear negotiations.
First foreign minister Choe Son Hui said, "What has been heard from the U.S. since the emergence of the new regime is only a lunatic theory of 'threat from North Korea' and groundless rhetoric about 'complete denuclearization.”
He reiterated North Korea's position that no "dialogue of any kind" can be possible unless the U.S. rolls back its hostility. "Therefore, we will disregard such an attempt of the U.S. in the future, too," Choe said.
U.S.-led diplomacy focusing on North Korea's nuclear weapons remains stalemated for about 2 years because of disputes over U.S.-led sanctions. Experts are debating whether the United States and its allies should settle for a deal that would freeze North Korea's nuclear activities in return for relaxing sanctions to prevent its arsenal from growing.
Earlier this week, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened to abandon rapprochement with South Korea and warned the United States to "refrain from causing a stink," while criticizing regular U.S.-South Korean military drills her government views as an invasion rehearsal.
Choe also stated that the United States "openly started aggression-minded joint military exercises targeting us."
Some experts say North Korea, which is eager to win sanctions relief, might further raise animosities with missile tests to boost its leverage in any negotiations with the United States. North Korea's moribund economy is under additional pressure because of the pandemic-related border closure that has significantly shrunk its external trade and a spate of natural disasters last summer.
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