North Korea Reiterates Reluctance To Hold Bilateral Talks With U.S.

North Korea Reiterates Reluctance To Hold Bilateral Talks With U.S.

At a plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea held last week, Kim Jong Un pledged to prepare for both "dialogue and confrontation" with the Biden administration.

Andrew H. Sweet

"We are not considering even the possibility of any contact with the U.S., let alone having it, which would get us nowhere, only taking up precious time," North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Son Gwon said in a statement carried by state-run media.

North Korea is believed to have little intention to hold bilateral talks with the United States unless Washington withdraws what Pyongyang considers its hostile policy position.

However, some foreign affairs experts said Kim Jong Un might be keen to resume communication to receive U.S. economic aid, with the North Korean economy languishing amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

U.S.-North Korea negotiations have been stalled for around 18 months, as they have fallen short of bridging the gap between Washington's demands and Pyongyang's calls for sanctions relief.

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