WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday (May 23) the US is waiting to see if North Korea wants to engage in diplomacy over the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday injected fresh urgency into attempts to engage North Korea in dialogue over its nuclear weapons, with Mr Biden saying he would meet its leader Kim Jong Un under the right conditions.
“We are waiting to see if Pyongyang actually wants to engage,” Mr Blinken said on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos programme. “The ball is in their court.”
“The best chance we have to achieve the objective of total denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula is to engage diplomatically with North Korea,” he added.
North Korea has rebuffed US entreaties for diplomacy since Mr Biden took over from Mr Donald Trump, who had three summits with Mr Kim and famously exchanged “beautiful letters” with the third-generation leader.