“His statement clearly reflects his intent to keep enforcing the hostile policy toward the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] as it had been done by the U.S. for over half a century,” said Kwon Jong Gun, a senior North Korean Foreign Ministry official.
In his address, Biden referred to North Korea as a threat to national security — a line the senior adviser called a “big blunder” and explained that would cause the U.S. to find itself “in a very grave situation.”
“It is certain that the U.S. chief executive made a big blunder in the light of the present-day viewpoint,” Kwon explained, implying the North Korean administration would pressure the U.S. to reconsider their relationship. “Now that the keynote of the U.S. new DPRK policy has become clear, we will be compelled to press for corresponding measures, and with time the U.S. will find itself in a very grave situation.”
The senior adviser did not provide any further details to explain the remark.
The White House has not replied to the remarks yet elaborated days earlier that the Biden administration would differ stylistically from both the “grand bargain” tactics used by the Trump administration and the “strategic patience” employed by the Obama administration.
Former President Donald Trump was heavily scrutinized for seeking open lines of communication with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. The two leaders further held a famous meeting where the two discussed denuclearization and a possible peace agreement between North Korea, South Korea, and the U.S. Back then, the two leaders were respectful of one another, and, at times, they were openly critical.
Former President Barack Obama held a more distant relationship with the nation and its leader rather than opting to use international pressure and sanctions from the United Nations to coerce cooperation.
Though, the Biden administration will use a "calibrated, practical approach that is open to and will explore diplomacy with the DPRK and to make practical progress that enhances the security of the United States, our allies and deployed forces," according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
"If the Trump administration was everything for everything, Obama was nothing for nothing, this is something in the middle," an unidentified senior Biden administration official told the Washington Post.
The White House has stated that Biden will host South Korean President Moon Jae-in on May 21. An announcement on Biden’s approach to North Korea is anticipated at that time.