In his first speech to Congress since taking office, U.S. President Joe Biden brought up both "diplomacy" and "stern deterrence" when it comes to North Korea.
His administration is said to be in the final stages of drawing up its North Korea policy.
"On Iran and North Korea, nuclear programs present serious threats to American security and the security of the world. We're going to be working closely with our allies to address the threats posed by both of these countries through diplomacy as well as stern deterrence."
Biden stressed yet again the importance of cooperation with American allies which would include South Korea and Japan, while Seoul has made clear that it will revive the inter-Korean peace process based on a "coordinated strategy" with the U.S.
Seoul and Washington have been in close contact during the policy review process since the start of the Biden administration.
Biden signaled a "strong military presence" in the Indo-Pacific, pointing to the U.S. rivalry with China as a major concern of his foreign policy.
"I also told President Xi that we'll maintain a strong military presence in the Indo-Pacific, just as we do with NATO in Europe, not to start a conflict, but to prevent one."
And in the global economy, he said every country should stick to the same rules, and pledged that America will stand up to unfair trade practices to defend its interests, mentioning issues of state subsidies, and thefts of technology and intellectual property.
Biden also reaffirmed that the U.S. will not back away from its commitment to human rights, an issue his administration has been vocal about when it comes to China and North Korea.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.