“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.
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.