Former President Donald Trump earned widespread acclaim among his supporters for efforts to engage in talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — including a historic walk across the reclusive country’s border with South Korea in 2019.
Under Trump’s successor, however, America already appears to be a long way from those days, with reports indicating that the Kim regime is all but ignoring President Joe Biden’s attempts to reach out on diplomatic grounds.
“We have not received any response”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki addressed the issue during a recent briefing in response to a reporter’s question regarding the current administration’s efforts to make contact with North Korea.
“To date, we have not received any response,” she replied, attempting to downplay the importance of such talks to the Biden White House.
Psaki went on to declare: “This follows over a year without active dialogue with North Korea.”
According to the Biden spokesperson, a breakdown in communications between the U.S. and North Korea occurred during Trump’s final year in office, though she did not mention the progress that came in Trump’s prior communications with Kim.
As Reuters reported last week, the Biden administration began its attempts to contact North Korea last month “through several channels” and with the apparent hopes of preventing escalated tensions between the two nations.
“Refrain from causing a stink”
An interagency review of Trump’s North Korea policies is set to be released soon, leading to the possibility that Biden will implement changes to that stance.
The latest reports of the current administration’s failure to make contact with North Korea comes shortly after a dire warning to Biden from Kim Yo Jong, the North Korean leader’s sister.
“We take this opportunity to warn the new U.S. administration trying hard to give off [gun]powder smell in our land,” she said, according to an English translation, in reference to recent joint military drills by the U.S. and South Korea.
She went on to declare that if America “wants to sleep in peace for the coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step.”
Psaki was also asked about these remarks during a press briefing on Tuesday, saying only that the president did not have “a direct comment or response” at that time.