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Biden administration takes new approach to N. Korea

Updated: 2021-05-01 14:54:02 KST

U.S. President Joe Biden has completed a review of North Korea policy, indicating that the administration will use a new approach to persuade the North to give up its nuclear weapons program.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki held a briefing on Friday, local time revealing the new policy focuses on a calibrated and practical approach toward the North.

"Our goal remains the complete nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula with a clear understanding that the efforts of the past four administrations have not achieved this objective."

The Biden administration will forge a new course, seeking a balance between former President Trump's 'grand-bargain' strategy and former President Obama's strategic patience.

This new course will not focus on the previous administration's "go big or go home" approach.

Instead, the Biden administration will pursue a phased agreement with the North to fully denuclearize and make practical progress to increase national security.

The decision came after a month-long review with outside experts and multiple officials from previous administrations.

The Biden administration added that they will continue to consult with South Korea and Japan, and other allies to achieve their goal.

South Korea's foreign ministry said that Seoul and Washington have been closely discussing North Korea policy at multiple levels.

Also, they have received a detailed explanation about the newly reviewed policy from the U.S.

In addition, the South Korean government will continue to deliberate on the direction of the North Korean issue at the South Korea-U.S. summit scheduled for May.

Choi Won-jong, Arirang News.

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