Mr. Biden, like his old boss Mr. Obama, has confirmed that he sees North Korea as perhaps the most delicate foreign policy quandary for the US and its allies.
"I can confirm that we've completed our DPRK policy review, which was thorough, rigorous and inclusive", White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday, referring to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Previously, Washington said that North Korea's nuclear program presents a serious threat to the U.S., and it will be working with allies to address it with "stern deterrence".
"Now that the keynote of the U.S. new DPRK policy has become clear, we will be compelled to press for corresponding measures, and with time the United States will find itself in a very grave situation", the statement reportedly said.
Neither would the White House follow the more standoff approach called "strategic patience", espoused by Barack Obama, Psaki said.
A handout photo provided by Dong-A Ilbo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the South and North Korea on June 30, 2019 in Panmunjom, South Korea.
"His statement clearly reflects his intent to keep enforcing the hostile policy towards the DPRK [North Korea] as it had been done by the US for over half a century", said Kwon Jong-gun, of the Department of US Affairs of the Foreign Ministry.
"Our policy will not focus on achieving a grand bargain, nor will it rely on strategic patience", she said at a news conference on Friday.
Until now, Pyongyang had not acknowledged Joe Biden as the new U.S. president.
"The differences between the Kim regime and the United States are much more fundamental", he said.
During the trip, Blinken sternly criticized North Korea's nuclear program and human rights record and pressed China to use its "tremendous influence" to convince the North to denuclearize.
The White House press secretary added, the Biden administration has consulted with experts, predecessors and USA allies to determine the best way to move forward. Trump pressed Kim at a 2019 meeting in Hanoi to accept a complete denuclearization but failed to reach an agreement, later saying that the North Korean leader had wanted a full removal of US sanctions.
Easley said the two back-to-back North Korean statements Sunday show that "Pyongyang is trying to drive a wedge between South Korea and the United States" ahead of the May 21 summit between Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Moon's efforts were frustrated by the failure of denuclearization talks under Trump, which left sanctions in place that block most economic engagement with the North.
The military initially failed to accurately determine how far North Korea flew ballistic missiles last month because of "blind spot" areas that radars in South Korea have due to the Earth's roundness, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Thursday.