(RepublicanReport.com) – Last week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced a new strategy with regard to North Korea and the management of its nuclear ambitions. The “calibrated practical approach” Psaki discussed will lie somewhere between the diplomatic strategy espoused by Donald Trump, and the refusal to engage seen during the Obama administration.
On Sunday, May 2, North Korea responded negatively to the White House statements on the matter. There was a series of statements from the Communist country’s leadership, including one from a Foreign Ministry spokesman which insisted the US was preparing for an “all-out showdown.” Another statement reportedly warned that the US “will get hurt if it provokes us.”
#Biden Admin moves away both from #Trump photo-opportunity emphasis & #Obama "strategic patience"#NorthKorea chides "big blunder": “We have warned the US sufficiently enough to understand that it will get hurt if it provokes us.” https://t.co/lB93tuEfew
— Scott Lucas (@ScottLucas_EA) May 2, 2021
The US’s goal remains the complete denuclearization of North Korea. According to another North Korean representative, this amounts to a “hostile policy toward the DPRK,” and offends the country’s right to self-defense.
North Korea is perhaps our most volatile international adversary; it’s not easy to say whether a given strategy will succeed or not. However, under Donald Trump, our relationship with the Communist regime was at least cordial for the majority of his presidency. This re-emergence of tensions could cause our leaders’ major foreign policy headaches. What will Biden do next?
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