By Humayra Pamuk and Hyonhe Shin
SEOUL, March 18 (Reuters) – Both lobbying and diplomatic options are on the table to deal with North Korea, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday, dismissing any talks by a senior diplomat as far as North Korean Washington Will give Changes its policies.
Blinken said in a joint briefing with South Korean officials in Seoul that the Joe Biden administration will complete its review of US policy with North Korea in the coming weeks in close consultation with its allies.
Blinken said, “President Biden plans to complete a review of North Korean policy in the coming weeks in cooperation and consultation with the Republic of Korea, Japan and other key partners, including lobbying options and future diplomacy.” Starting is included. “
The US Secretary of State refused to explain what would be the United States’ perspective after the review.
However, when asked at a separate roundtable with Korean journalists whether Biden would meet with the North Korean leader, Blinken said how Washington is persuading the Asian country to move towards denuclearization, considering both. Diplomacy.
“In a sense, everything is on the table. We have a very open mind about it,” he said.
North Korean representative Choi Son Hui made the remarks hours after North American’s first public statement by the US government thwarted Pyongyang’s attempts to contact it with a “cheap stunt”.
(Written by Josh Smith and Hyonhe Shin; Edited by Jacqueline Wong and Michael Perry; Translated into the Gdansk Newsroom by Dario Fernandez)