WORLD Kim: DPRK should prepare for 'both dialogue and confrontation' with US – KCNA


Kim: DPRK should prepare for 'both dialogue and confrontation' with US – KCNA


11:10, June 18, 2021

DPRK leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the third-day sitting of the 3rd Plenary Meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang, DPRK, June 17, 2021. The photo was released by the country's Korean Central News Agency. (Photo: KCNA)

Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Un said his country needs to prepare for "both dialogue and confrontation" with the United States under President Joe Biden, state media KCNA reported on Friday.
At a plenary meeting of the central committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea on Thursday, Kim outlined his strategy for relations with Washington, and the "policy tendency of the newly emerged U.S. administration," KCNA said.
It said he "stressed the need to get prepared for both dialogue and confrontation, especially to get fully prepared for confrontation in order to protect the dignity of our state."
Kim "called for sharply and promptly reacting to and coping with the fast-changing situation and concentrating efforts on taking stable control of the situation on the Korean Peninsula," the agency said.
The Biden administration has recently completed its review of policy on the DPRK and said it would pursue a "calibrated, practical approach" towards the goal of the complete denuclearization of the peninsula.
During a visit to Washington last month by Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in, Biden said he "would not meet" Kim unless there was a concrete plan for negotiating on Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.
(With input from agencies)

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