Biden Expected to End Overtures to N.Korea

  • By Kim Eun-joong

    November 09, 2020 11:30

    Joe Biden /Yonhap

    The U.S.' approach to North Korea is expected to return to a more cautious track now Joe Biden has been elected president and avoid the aggressive charm offensives of his predecessor Donald Trump.

    Already the North betrayed the first jitters, with the official Rodong Sinmun daily saying in an editorial on Sunday, North Korea "is a global military power that has a powerful ability to suppress war."

    Last year, the official [North] Korean Central News Agency dismissed Biden as "senile" and an "old lunatic."

    Boffins expect Biden is to adopt a gradual approach to dealing with North Korea's nuclear weapons with working-level talks painstakingly hammering out small improvements before any more high-level talks can be held.

    Trump preferred flashy photo ops and a lot of glad-handing but ultimately achieved nothing in his three summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

    No resumption of dialogue between the U.S. and North Korea is not expected any time soon after Biden is inaugurated in January, and North Korea could launch several provocations in the meantime to draw attention to itself.

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