North Korea slams Biden for 'hostile policy' warns for retaliation
On Wednesday, Biden said that his administration would deal with Pyongyang's nuclear threat "through diplomacy as well as stern deterrence."
Following the completion of a policy review, the White House said Friday that President Biden was open to talks with North Korea on denuclearization, but Pyongyang said Biden had made a "major blunder."
"His statement clearly reflects his intent to keep enforcing the hostile policy toward the DPRK as it had been done by the U.S. for over half a century," Kwon Jung Gun, a foreign ministry official, said in a statement released by the official KCNA news agency.
"The U.S.-claimed 'diplomacy' is a spurious signboard for covering up its hostile acts, and 'deterrence' touted by it is just a means for posing nuclear threats to the DPRK," Kwon added, using the official name of North Korea.
"Now that what the keynote of the U.S. new DPRK policy has become clear, we will be compelled to press for corresponding measures."
The White House reiterated its goal of "full denuclearization of the Korean peninsula" on Friday.
A long-drawn tension
The hermit kingdom of North Korea presents an ominous threat to the US dominance in the East with the impoverished Korean nation's aggressive nuclear policies.
The US has long sought to denuclearize North Korea, but most efforts have been in vain. Former President Donald Trump was the only US leader to hold a summit with DPRK supremo Kim Jong-Un in person.
Jen Psaki, Biden's press secretary, offered few details about what kind of diplomatic effort this could entail, but she did say that the president had learned from his predecessors' struggles dealing with North Korea's leadership and nuclear weapons program.
However, Psaki stated that the US would not "rely on reaching a grand bargain," implying that she was referring to the kind of dramatic overarching agreement that former President Donald Trump said was possible when he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
She went on to say that the White House would not take Barack Obama's more aloof stance.
'It's a political ruse'
North Korea also accused the US of insulting its leadership and anti-coronavirus initiatives in a separate statement released via KCNA on Sunday, citing a State Department press release from April 28.
That day, State Department spokesman Ned Price released a statement condemning North Korea's human rights violations and oppressive Covid-19 restrictions, calling it "one of the world's most authoritarian and totalitarian nations."
"The 'human rights issue' touted by the U.S. is a political trick designed to destroy the ideology and social system in the DPRK," the North Korean foreign ministry said in the statement.
In a third statement released on Sunday, Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong Un's powerful sister, slammed South Korea for a recent anti-Pyongyang leaflet campaign by a defector party.
Activist organizations have long sent flyers across the Demilitarized Zone separating the peninsula, either by hot air balloon or by floating them across rivers, criticizing the North Korean government for human rights violations and nuclear ambitions.
Pyongyang was enraged by the leaflets, and released a series of vehement condemnations last year, urging Seoul to act. Pyongyang increased the pressure by blowing up an inter-Korean liaison office on its side of the border.
In December, the South Korean parliament passed a law criminalizing leaflet campaigns, raising questions about freedom of expression.
In violation of the law, a defector party said it flew 500,000 leaflets near the DMZ last week.
Kim Yo Jong blamed the South Korean government for failing to deter them.
"We regard the maneuvers committed by the human scums in the south as a serious provocation against our state and will look into the corresponding action," she said.