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Biden admin started outreach to North Korea last month, but country is unresponsive



Biden admin started outreach to North Korea last month, but country is unresponsive


“To reduce the risks of escalation, we reached out to the North Korean government through various channels starting in mid-February, including the one in New York,” the official said. “So far, we have not received any response from Pyongyang. This is happening over the course of a year without an active dialogue with North Korea, despite multiple attempts by the United States to compromise.”

The official did not provide further details on what the disclosure involved, but noted that the administration has been conducting its inter-agency review of U.S. policy toward North Korea, “including the assessment of all available options. to address the growing threat posed by North Korea to its neighbors and the wider international community. “

During the review process, the administration has consulted former government officials with experience in North Korean politics, including some Trump administration officials, the official said. The US has also been in contact with allies from Japan and South Korea.

“We look forward to completing our intensive review of multi-stakeholder policies in the coming weeks,” the official said.

Reuters first reported Saturday’s outreach efforts.
News of the disclosure comes as are U.S. lawmakers and major allies looking forward to details on Biden’s North Korean policy, which is expected to be publicly announced in the coming weeks when the administration has completed a policy review, according to various sources familiar with internal debates.

Satellite images obtained by CNN reveal that North Korea has recently taken steps to hide a facility that U.S. intelligence agencies believe is being used to store nuclear weapons.