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By Josh Smith SEOUL (Reuters) – Recent comments from U.S. President Joe Biden and members of his administration show he intends to maintain a hostile policy toward North Korea that will require a corresponding response from Pyongyang, North Korean officials said on Monday. Sunday. The officials’ comments came in a series of remarks made on state news agency KCNA, after the White House said on Friday that US officials had completed a months-long review of North Korean policy. In a statement, a Foreign Ministry spokesman accused Washington of insulting the dignity of the country’s supreme leadership by criticizing the human rights situation in North Korea. The human rights criticism is a provocation showing that the United States is “preparing for an all-out showdown” with North Korea, and will be responded to accordingly, the anonymous spokesman said. In a separate statement, Kwon Jong Gun, director general of the US Department of Foreign Affairs at the Foreign Office, cited Biden’s first political speech to Congress on Wednesday, where the new president said that North Korea’s nuclear programs and Iran pose threats that would be addressed. through “diplomacy and severe deterrence.” Kwon said it is illogical and an infringement of North Korea’s right to self-defense for the United States to label its defensive deterrence as a threat. Biden’s speech was “intolerable” and “a huge mistake,” Kwon said. “His statement clearly reflects his intention to continue to pursue hostile policy towards the DPRK as the United States had done for more than half a century,” he said, using the initials of North Korea’s official name. ‘NEGATIVE ANSWERS’ North Korea’s statements appear to echo the ministry’s comments in March that relations with the United States would be shaped by the “principle of power for power and good will for good will,” said Jenny Town, director. of the organization based in the United States. 38 North Program, which tracks North Korea. “So for the United States to continue to emphasize the threat, it will stay focused on the negative aspects of the relationship and provoke negative responses,” he said. Town noted that while one statement alluded to the policy review, North Korea’s comment seemed more focused on the Biden administration’s speech on threats. Talks aimed at persuading Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program have stalled since a series of summits between Biden’s predecessor President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not result in a agreement. According to the policy review announced Friday, Biden has settled on a new approach to lobbying North Korea that will explore using diplomacy to break the deadlock, but will not seek a big deal with Kim, the White House said. The White House and the State Department did not immediately comment on North Korea’s latest remarks. In Sunday’s statement, Kwon said that the United States’ speech on diplomacy is aimed at covering up its hostile acts, and its deterrence is only a means of posing nuclear threats to North Korea. Now that Biden’s policy has become clear, North Korea “will be forced to push for appropriate action, and the United States will eventually find itself in a very dire situation,” he concluded. In a third statement, Kim Yo Jong, a senior government official and sister of leader Kim Jong Un, harshly criticized South Korea for failing to prevent defector activists from releasing leaflets against North Korea. A group of activists in South Korea said on Friday it had launched balloons at North Korea with dollar bills and brochures denouncing the government in Pyongyang, in defiance of a recently imposed law prohibiting such releases following complaints from the North. “We consider the maneuvers committed by human waste in the south as a serious provocation against our state and we will seek corresponding action,” said Kim Yo Jong. Last year, North Korea blew up an inter-Korean liaison office in Kaesong, North Korea, after Kim Yo Jong led a campaign of criticism over the release of leaflets.