Foreign news media have been giving significant coverage to Kim Jong-un's comments about preparing for both "dialogue" and "confrontation" with the U.S.
Citing an expert, Reuters said Pyeongyang seems to suggest that the ball is in America's court, and it mentioned that the regime is trying to deal not only with the pandemic but also a food shortage.
AP cited experts who say that Kim might try to strengthen his nuclear arsenal to increase the pressure on Washington, though they say he'll also prepare for talks to resume.
On Saturday, the new U.S. special envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, is set to arrive in South Korea for the first time since assuming the post.
He'll be sitting down with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts on Monday to discuss the outcomes of the Biden administration's North Korea policy review.