WORLD Sullivan says comments by DPRK leader 'interesting signal'

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Sullivan says comments by DPRK leader 'interesting signal'

Xinhua

08:20, June 21, 2021

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WASHINGTON, June 20 (Xinhua) -- The United States regarded the recent comments made by Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), as an "interesting signal," National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday.

The DPRK leader said Thursday that his country should get prepared for both dialogue and confrontation with the United States, especially for confrontation, to protect the DPRK's dignity and interests for independent development, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.

"His comments this week we regard as an interesting signal. And we will wait to see whether they are followed up with any kind of more direct communication to us about a potential path forward," Sullivan said in an interview with ABC News.

He reaffirmed that the Biden administration is prepared to engage in "principled negotiations" with Pyongyang to deal with its nuclear program, with the ultimate objective of the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Sung Kim, the newly appointed U.S. special envoy for the DPRK, arrived in Seoul on Saturday for a three-way meeting with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts over the denuclearization issue.

The Biden administration at the end of April completed its policy review toward the DPRK. The White House said it had reached out to Pyongyang through several channels but had not yet received any response.

Kim Jong Un and former U.S. President Donald Trump held their first summit in Singapore in June 2018, agreeing on a complete denuclearization of and a lasting peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula.

Denuclearization talks between Pyongyang and Washington have been stalled since the second Kim-Trump summit ended without agreement in February 2019 in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.

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