© Reuters. US State Department spokesman Ned Price arrives to speak at the State Department in Washington.
(He makes it clear in the eighth paragraph that Biden spoke last week) By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Denuclearization will remain at the center of US policy toward North Korea and any approach to Pyongyang will have to be done “in unison “With close allies, including Japan and South Korea, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Thursday. Price made the remarks at a regular briefing ahead of a meeting Friday between U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and his Japanese and South Korean counterparts as the Biden administration concludes a review of its policy toward Korea. from North. Price said the meeting would be an opportunity to share “where we are in terms of our review” and for them to share their perspectives. “I would not like to prejudge the conclusion of any ongoing review, but we have said that denuclearization will remain at the center of US policy toward North Korea,” Price said. “We also know that any approach to North Korea, to be effective, will be one that we will have to execute in close collaboration with our close allies, including in this case our treaty allies Japan and South Korea,” he said. . Sullivan will meet his Japanese counterpart Shigeru Kitamura and his South Korean counterpart Suh Hoon at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis on Friday. The Biden administration has been simultaneously drawing a hard line on human rights, denuclearization and sanctions in its North Korean policy, while also making diplomatic proposals that administration officials say have been rejected by Pyongyang. US President Joe Biden said Thursday last week that the United States remained open to diplomacy with North Korea despite its ballistic missile tests earlier that week, but warned there would be answers if Korea North makes things worse. Biden does not intend to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the White House said on Monday when asked if he planned to follow the example of former President Donald Trump, who met with Kim three times but failed to persuade him to resign. your nuclear weapon. weapons. Pyongyang said the Biden administration had taken a wrong first step and revealed “deep-seated hostility” by criticizing what it called a self-defense missile test.