05/11/2021, 09.43
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Kim Jong-un opens to Biden: Trial run for dialogue

Review of US policy towards Pyongyang concluded: North Koreans willing to talk about it. A first contact between the two parties failed in February. Washington will not seek a grand "take it or leave it" deal, but a "gradualist" approach on the denuclearization of North Korea.

Seoul (AsiaNews) - The Kim Jong-un regime has "welcomed" the Biden administration's offer to explain the results of its North Korea policy review, which concluded on April 30.

The South Korean news agency Yonhap reported this morning that Pyongyang responded to an invitation made by Washington last week. In April, the US government admitted that a first attempt at contact, dating back to mid-February, had not received a response.

North Korea is isolated from the international community (except from China and partly from Russia), and has been subjected to international sanctions for years for its nuclear and missile program.

Since the end of 2017, in the framework of negotiations with Donald Trump, the then-incumbent US president, Pyongyang has unilaterally decreed a moratorium on nuclear tests and long-range ballistic tests.

Negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang are stalled. The North Koreans are demanding that the United States abandon its aggressive policy for their return to talks.

The US State Department has specified that the Biden presidency will not seek a major "take it or leave it" deal. According to analysts, this means that Washington will follow a "gradualist" approach to push the North Koreans to abandon their nuclear weapons.

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