Kim ready for ‘dialogue and confrontation’ with US
Published: 12:14 PM, 18 June 2021
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said his country needs to prepare for both "dialogue and confrontation” with the United States.
At a meeting of the central committee of the ruling Workers’ Party in the capital Pyongyang on Thursday, Kim outlined his strategy for relations with Washington, and the “policy tendency of the newly emerged US administration”, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
The comments mark the first time Kim has made a reference to the country’s policy towards the US since the inauguration of US President Joe Biden.
Kim said they needed "especially to get fully prepared for confrontation in order to protect the dignity of our state and its interests for independent development", as well as to guarantee a peaceful environment and North Korea's security, the state media outlet reported.
He also said North Korea would "sharply and promptly" react to any developments and "concentrate efforts on taking stable control of the situation on the Korean peninsula".
His latest comments come days after Kim formally acknowledged that North Korea was facing concerns over food shortages. - BBC