U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan says the U.S. is waiting to see a (quote) "clearer signal" from North Korea that the regime is ready to initiate talks.
Asked about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's latest remarks that the North needs to prepare for both dialogue and confrontation with Washington, Sullivan told ABC News that such comments are an interesting signal.
He explained that a clearer signal means a clear "yes" from the regime.
He added the U.S. will wait and see whether the regime follows up with any more direct communication about a potential path forward.
Sullivan also underscored the importance of diplomacy, explaining there's no substitute to reach the ultimate objective of a complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Sullivan's remarks again put emphasis on President Biden's calibrated, practical approach in dealing with the North that's also open to diplomacy with the regime.
Late last week, the North's leader directly commented on the Biden administration for the first time, that the regime needs to get fully prepared for confrontation with Washington, in particular, to protect its dignity.
He also added Pyeongyang would sharply and promptly react to any developments, while focusing its efforts to take stable control of the situation on the peninsula.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.