The Biden administration has sought dialogue with North Korea, Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. However, the Deputy Director of the United Front Department has warned the U.S. to stay away from Korea if they want to “sleep in peace” for the next four years.
Kim Jong Un, who has been very aggressive with his missile testing, did not get anywhere in negotiations with the former Trump administration, who lay massive sanctions on North Korea. Those sanctions resulted in amplified economic hardship through the pandemic last year.
“I hope that this administration will engage with North Korea with the same massive sanctions regime that we did, which put real pressure on Chairman Kim to come to the table,” said former Secretary of State under the Trump administration Mike Pompeo. “We made some good progress. We didn’t get all the way. We got them to cease long-range missile testing, a big deal for the United States of America and our security.”
Now the Biden administration has reached out to North Korea to seek dialogue, but no official discussion has occurred after multiple attempts to connect with the alienated Communist nation. Whitehouse Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the Biden admin had consulted the prior administration, as well as allies such as Japan and South Korea, to explore “fresh approaches” with the current goal being “diplomacy” and “to reduce the risk of escalation.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are taking their first trip under the Biden administration to Japan and South Korea this week. They will be seeking input from their allies on how to proceed with North Korea.
In 2019, North Korean state-run media slammed Biden by calling him a “fool of low IQ” and “bereft of elementary quality as a human being.” They even suggested that someone kill Biden, stating, “Such rabid dogs as Biden can hurt lots of people if they are allowed to run about. They must be beaten to death with a stick before it is too late. Doing so will be beneficial to the US, too.” This was before the election and after Biden “dare[d to] slander the dignity of the supreme leadership.”
Ms. Jong possible successor to Supreme Leadership in North Korea
Now the powerful Ms. Jong, who is rumored to be the next in line as successor to Supreme Leadership in North Korea, has stated, “We take this opportunity to warn the new U.S. administration trying hard to give off [gun]powder smell in our land…If it wants to sleep in peace for [the] coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step.” Her comments about gunpowder were made regarding U.S. military exercises in South Korea.
As North Korea continues with its criticism and disrespect to the U.S., they have recently denounced the American troops for taking part in military exercises with South Korea. It is what initiated Ms. Jong’s harsh comments directed towards Washington. “[War drills] and hostility can never go with dialogue and cooperation,” Ms. Jong said. South Korea maintained that the exercises were defensive and requested a “flexible attitude” from North Korea.