The situation in North Korea is difficult. Very difficult according to both dictator Kim Jong Un and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), who warned in a report that the country risks running out of food within two months.
At the same time as the frightening reports, Kim Jong-un sent Joe Biden’s first message, since he took office. In a meeting with the Communist Party, Kim gave, according to the official KCNA news agency, a “detailed analysis” of Biden’s policy toward North Korea.
“Kim stressed the need to prepare for dialogue and confrontation, especially full preparation for confrontation,” the Korean Central News Agency said.
“This seems to indicate that Pyongyang believes the ball is in the United States at the moment,” said Vipin Narang, a nuclear weapons expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Vipin Narang goes on to say that he interprets Kim Jong Un’s approach as a “wait and see” attitude.
There is no direct connection with North Korea
The White House has now commented on the move by North Korea. In an interview with ABC News, security adviser Jake Sullivan said they are still waiting for a more direct contact regarding denuclearization talks on the Korean peninsula.
– We see his comments as an interesting indication. He says, we’ll wait and see if they are followed up with any further direct communication about a possible way forward.
– The clearest signal they can send is to say: “Yes, let’s do this. Let’s sit down and negotiate.”