The remarks come after months of Kim ignoring Washington’s attempts to restart stalled nuclear negotiations, and are the first directed at President Joe Biden since the White House unveiled its new policy on how to deal with the threat from Pyongyang.
At a ruling party meeting Thursday, Kim gave a “detailed analysis” of Biden’s North Korea policy, the state-controlled KCNA news agency reported. It said Kim “stressed the need to get prepared for both dialogue and confrontation, especially to get fully prepared for confrontation.”
This two-track approach, coupling diplomacy and militaristic threats, has been used by Kim before.
But the importance of these remarks might not be in their familiar content but rather their timing, according to Cristina Varriale, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a London think tank.
“For quite a few months now the DPRK has been relatively silent on their foreign policy direction, especially in relation to the U.S. — but these comments break that silence.