U.S. authorities offered North Korean authorities in July the possibility of resuming dialogue between the two countries, although Washington never got a response from Pyongyang.
As detailed Tuesday by the U.S. special representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, the proposal involved the North Korean delegation to the United Nations, reports the South Korean news agency Yonhap.
According to Kim, this offer for dialogue by Washington is part of U.S. President Joe Biden’s commitment to re-engage with Pyongyang and its leaders.
“I think our last communication with North Korea was over the summer. We sent the message reiterating our interest in re-engaging and also re-offering our assistance on issues related to COVID-19,” Kim remarked.
However, for the U.S. representative, the North Korean authorities seem to have “no interest” in resuming the dialogue, although he pointed to the coronavirus outbreaks that the Asian country is experiencing as a reason for the non-response.
On the other hand, he has stressed that both the U.S. and North Korean governments have “many creative ideas” to resume contact with the northern neighbor, with which Kim has asked Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table to work for the “complete denuclearization” of the peninsula, among other issues.
North Korea has recently held a series of nuclear tests and has even passed new legislation making it national policy to automatically use nuclear weapons in the event of an attack on the country.
Washington and Pyongyang have not sat down at the weapons talks table since 2019 when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and then-U.S. President Donald Trump broke off negotiations.