North Korea Says It Will Ignore United States Dialogue Offer

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source: msn.com

North Korea will ignore any attempt to contact the United States unless Washington abandons its "hostile policy" with the country.

 A senior North Korean official announced on Thursday (03/18/2021) shortly before US President Joe Biden's emissaries held a series of encounters in Seoul.

No contact or dialogue between the United States and North Korea can occur until the United States ends its hostile policy with North Korea. North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said in remarks retaken by the agency, South Korean Yonhap.

He further said, So we will continue to ignore all the United States' efforts in the future. 

Choe's remarks take place on the occasion of Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin's visit to Seoul on the second leg of their trip to Asia to strengthen a united front against North Korea, which possesses nuclear weapons, and the increasingly aggressive China.

On Tuesday, Kim Yo Jong, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, warned the US administration not to spread gunpowder's smell in our land If it wants to sleep peacefully for the next four years.

Kim Yo Jong's statement, a key adviser to his brother, was the first explicit reference to the new administration in Washington in more than four months since the election of Joe Biden. However, it did not mention the name of the new American president who replaced him. Donald Trump.

Meeting with South Korean President

Blinken and Austin are scheduled to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday, who in 2018 was the facilitator of the negotiations between Kim and Trump.

After exchanging insults and threats of war with Kim Jong Un, Trump changed tactics and began a spectacular rapprochement with the isolated country, marked by encounters as historical as they were symbolic.

But in the end, the relationship did not translate into progress toward the North's denuclearization, which is subject to multiple international sanctions for its arms program.

Discussions have been on the status quo since the failure of the second meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un in late 2019 in the Hanoi and United Nations. One of the reasons for this stagnation is the absence of agreement on the concessions that North Korea should make in exchange for international sanctions withdrawal.

Last week, Washington and Seoul started joint military exercises.

Blinken and Austin, who previously visited Japan, have undertaken a series of consultations on Washington's North Korea policy under the new administration.