The president’s position rejects the plans of his predecessors.
Kim Jong Un, the totalitarian leader in Pyongyang, once tested Biden by launching two short-range ballistic missiles and called on the United States to abandon its denuclearization pressure.
However, the White House said Friday that “its goal remains the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, with a clear understanding that the efforts of the last four administrations have not achieved that goal.”
However, the new policy also said Biden would not “rely on strategic patience,” a term that defines the Obama-era approach in the hope that US and United Nations sanctions will eventually put the screws on the North Korean government.
While the Biden administration did not provide full details, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday that they would implement “a calibrated, practical approach that is open and explores diplomacy with the DPRK and makes practical progress that increases U.S. security.” our allies and deployed forces. “
This means that Kim may eventually meet with Biden, as Trump did at two summits and a brief meeting in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. But Biden stressed that such a meeting would not take place until working-level negotiators actually reached a deal.
Trump and Kim signed a joint statement after their first meeting in Singapore in June 2018 – a non-binding agreement committing to “full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” and some confidence-building measures between the two countries, technically still at war, such as returning the bodies of Americans who disappeared or were killed in action 70 years ago in the Korean War.
A senior administration official told The Washington Post, which first announced at the end of the review that Biden employees would not require a full deal in advance.
“If the Trump administration was everything, Obama was nothing, it’s in the middle,” the official told the paper.
The White House, the National Security Council and the State Department declined to provide more details to ABC News.
Biden will host South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House on May 21, Psaki confirmed on Thursday – only the second world leader Biden will host at the beginning of his term after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga visited on April 16.
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken also made his first trips to Japan and South Korea, part of Biden’s focus on cutting ties with the two US allies in East Asia and repelling neighboring China.
Both sides have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of Biden’s policy on North Korea after Biden, Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan repeatedly consulted with colleagues to contribute to the way forward.