The North Korean leader must be “sincere” and “serious” about negotiations, the US president has said
U.S. President Joe Biden did not rule out a face-to-face meeting with Kim Jong-un, but stressed that the North Korean leader must show the right attitude if this is to happen.
During a visit to South Korea on Saturday, Biden was asked about the possibility of a summit in Seoul, which marks the start of his first Asian tour since taking office.
Meeting with Kim “It depends on whether he is sincere or not.” US President.
Biden also issued a joint statement with South Korean President-elect Eun Sook-eol, confirming that Washington and Seoul had agreed. “Expand the scope and scale of joint military exercises and training in and around the Korean Peninsula.”
The exercise, which was seen as highly provocative by North Korea, was largely postponed under Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, in an attempt to improve relations with Pyongyang.
A landmark summit between Trump and Kim in Singapore in the summer of 2018 turned out to be unexpectedly good, raising hopes for nuclear disarmament on the Korean Peninsula. But while two more meetings have failed to bring success, Pyongyang has failed to ensure the relief of its long-awaited sanctions.
Both sides instead returned to the normal course of the threat and North Korea resumed its nuclear and ballistic missile tests.
Some U.S. officials have warned that Kim could respond to Biden’s decision to visit South Korea by conducting an ICBM test or a nuclear test.
No peace agreement was signed by Seoul and Pyongyang after the conflict between 1950 and 1953.
In a joint statement, Biden also reaffirmed Washington’s position “Promises of increased resistance to others [Republic of Korea] Uses the full range of US defense capabilities, including nuclear, conventional and missile defense capabilities. “
Despite its differences with Pyongyang, the United States has “Vaccine on offer” Among the widespread outbreaks of Kovid-19 in the banned country is North Korea, Biden said. However, he added that Washington “No response “ On offer
The next stop of Biden’s visit is Japan, another ally of the United States in the region, where he will arrive on Sunday for talks with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Emperor Naruhito of Japan.