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White House Says US Has Reached Out to North Korea, Received No Response

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The Biden administration has reached out to North Korea but has not received a response, the White House said Monday.

“We’ve reached out,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, adding that the U.S. government has many channels through which to communicate. “Diplomacy has always been our goal.”

Psaki said the administration is consulting with former U.S. government officials involved in North Korean policy from previous administrations while also seeking input from Japan and South Korea.

“Our goal is to reduce the risk of escalation. But so far we have not received a response,” Psaki said.

“This has been followed by more than a year without active dialogue with North Korea despite numerous U.S. attempts to engage … You can all expect that there will be continued expansion of engagement with partners and allies in the region. “

A senior Biden administration official told Reuters on Saturday that there had been efforts to reach the North Korean government through multiple channels starting in mid -February.

(Reporting by Steve Holland and Jeff Mason; Editing by Nick Zieminski)

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