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North Korea says US President Joe Biden made 'big blunder' in labelling it a 'serious threat' - ABC News

North Korea says US President Joe Biden "made a big blunder" by labelling the country a security threat in a recent speech.

Mr Biden revealed his intent to maintain a hostile policy towards North Korea in his first address to Congress last week.

He called North Korea and Iran's nuclear programs "a serious threat to America's security and world security", and said he would work with allies to address those problems through diplomacy and stern deterrence.

"His statement clearly reflects his intent to keep enforcing the hostile policy toward the DPRK (North Korea) as it had been done by the US for over half a century," said North Korean official Kwon Jong Gun.

"Now that the keynote of the US new DPRK policy has become clear, we will be compelled to press for corresponding measures, and with time the US will find itself in a very grave situation."

Mr Kwon still did not say what steps North Korea would take.

The White House said administration officials had completed a review of US policy toward North Korea.

Press secretary Jen Psaki did not detail findings of the review, but suggested the administration would seek a middle ground between Donald Trump's "grand bargain" and Barack Obama's "strategic patience" approaches.

Mr Kwon's statement did not mention Ms Psaki's comments.

In January, Mr Kim threatened to enlarge his nuclear arsenal and build more weapons targeting the US mainland, saying the fate of bilateral ties would depend on whether the US abandoned its hostile policy.

The White House and State Department did not immediately comment on the latest North Korean statements.

'Fundamental differences'

Talks aimed at persuading Pyongyang to surrender its nuclear weapons program have been stalled since the series of summits between Mr Trump and Mr Kim failed to result in a deal.

A rocket is seen firing into the air leaving a cloud of smoke below it.
A North Korean government image shows what it says was a test firing of a new missile in March.(

AP: Korean Central News Agency

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The North Korean statements appeared to echo March comments by officials who said relations with the United States would be shaped by the "principle of power for power and goodwill for goodwill," said Jenny Town, director of the US-based 38 North program, which tracks North Korea.

Markus Garlauskas, a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council and former US national intelligence officer for North Korea, said Pyongyang's rhetoric was a reminder that the problem was bigger than terminology or tactics.

"The differences between the Kim regime and the United States are much more fundamental," he said.

Mr Kim did not intend to give up nuclear weapons or reform North Korea's political system, he said, adding that it was hard to see how Washington could embrace a nuclear-armed North Korea that abused human rights.

AP/Reuters

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