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Six months into Biden administration's N. Korea policy Updated: 2021-10-26 17:04:11 KST

A "calibrated, practical approach toward North Korea."
The Biden administration's North Korea policy has sought a balance between former President Trump's "Grand Bargain" strategy and former President Obama's strategic patience.
Meaning, pursuit of a phased agreement with the regime to fully denuclearize through dialogue and diplomacy.

While reiterating its long-expressed aim of resuming talks with Pyeongyang without preconditions, Washington has also underlined that the U.S. has no hostile intent towards the regime.
But unlike its predecessor, the Biden administration has directly urged the North to stop what it called its (quote) "provocations."
Pyeongyang has test-fired a total of eight missile launches since the Biden administration took office in January, labeling its activities as purely defensive in nature.

"We call on the DPRK to seize these provocations and other destabilizing activities, and instead, engage in dialogue."

The U.S. said earlier this month that it's waiting for the North's response to its "specific proposals."
While details are yet to be released, experts say the U.S. will keep its policy for now.

"The U.S. is expected to keep the current North Korea policy as the leaders of Seoul and Washington vowed to closely work together on the matter at their meetup in May. Despite the North's missile launches, the Biden administration will keep its policy on the North for safety and peace on the Korea Peninsula."

Such diplomacy by the Biden administration includes preparing humanitarian support for the regime and exploring different ideas and initiatives, including Seoul's proposed end-of-Korean War declaration.
But the expert noted that the regime's crossing of the so-called "red line" in terms of missile activities could lead to a switch from Washington's current North Korea policy.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.
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