SEOUL — North Korea mentioned on Sunday that President Biden had made “a big blunder” by calling its nuclear arsenal a menace final week, and it warned that the United States would face “a very grave situation” if it maintained what it known as a “hostile policy” towards Pyongyang.
The assertion, attributed to a senior official, was one among three that the North launched on Sunday directed on the United States and its ally South Korea. They included warnings that the North would possibly reply to the Biden administration’s current statements in regards to the nation with unspecified “corresponding measures.”
Mr. Biden made a short reference to North Korea in his speech before a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, saying that its nuclear program and Iran’s offered “serious threats to American security and the security of the world.” He mentioned the United States and its allies would take care of them “through diplomacy as well as stern deterrence.”
“It is certain that the U.S. chief executive made a big blunder,” Kwon Jong-gun, a senior official at North Korea’s Foreign Ministry, mentioned in a press release printed by the North’s state information media. He mentioned Mr. Biden’s comment “clearly reflects his intent to keep enforcing the hostile policy toward” North Korea.
“We will be compelled to press for corresponding measures, and with time the U.S. will find itself in a very grave situation,” he mentioned.
North Korea has lengthy mentioned that it won’t surrender its nuclear arsenal till the United States modifications its “hostile” coverage. It has doubled down on that insistence since direct talks between its chief, Kim Jong-un, and President Donald J. Trump ended in 2019 with no agreement on dismantling the North’s nuclear weapons services or easing American-led sanctions imposed on the North.
On March 25, North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles, its first such check in a 12 months. Analysts have since warned that the North might perform extra exams or different provocations in an try to bolster its leverage in any talks with the Biden administration.
The administration, which has been conducting a North Korea coverage evaluation, just lately indicated that it might pursue a technique someplace between Mr. Trump’s direct outreach to Mr. Kim, through which he strove for a single, sweeping deal, and the “strategic patience” strategy of former President Barack Obama, which sought to compel the North to barter by means of sanctions and different types of strain. Both approaches failed, and North Korea has stored expanding its arsenal.
The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, said on Friday that the administration “will not focus on achieving a grand bargain, nor will it rely on strategic patience.” She mentioned it might search “a calibrated, practical approach that is open to and will explore diplomacy” with North Korea and would attempt to “make practical progress that increases the security” of the United States and its allies.
In his Sunday assertion, Mr. Kwon mentioned that the administration’s speak of diplomacy was “a spurious signboard for covering up its hostile acts.”
In a separate assertion on Sunday, additionally launched by means of the state information media, the North’s Foreign Ministry accused the administration of utilizing criticism of the North’s human rights report as “a political weapon for overturning our social system.”
“We will be forced to take corresponding measures,” an unidentified spokesman for the ministry was quoted as saying. “We have already made it clear that we will counter in the strongest terms whoever encroaches upon the dignity of our supreme leadership, which is more valuable than our lives.”
That was in response to a statement final week by Ned Price, the State Department spokesman, who known as North Korea “one of the most repressive and totalitarian states in the world.” Mr. Price cited “shoot-to-kill orders at the North Korea-China border” that American officers say the North has imposed for the reason that emergence of Covid-19.
Also on Sunday, Mr. Kim’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, denounced South Korea for failing to cease a bunch of activists from utilizing balloons to ship propaganda leaflets throughout the international locations’ border into the North.
Such launches, a tactic usually utilized by defectors from North Korea campaigning towards the Kim regime, had been banned by South Korea in March, on the grounds that they needlessly provoked Pyongyang and endangered South Koreans residing close to the border. The North cited the propaganda launches final 12 months when it blew up an workplace constructing on its soil the place officers from each Koreas had labored collectively.
Park Sang-hak, who leads a defectors’ group in Seoul, mentioned on Friday that his group had defied the launch ban earlier within the week, releasing 10 giant balloons carrying a half million leaflets. He accused the South Korean authorities of “gagging” the defectors and denying North Koreans the correct to understand how their leaders had been seen by the skin world.
Ms. Kim, who serves as her brother’s spokeswoman on inter-Korean points, known as the defectors “human wastes” in her assertion Sunday, characterizing the launch as “a serious provocation” and warning that the North would “look into corresponding action.”