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U.S. denies hostile intent, reiterates willingness to talk with N. Korea

All News 07:42 September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (Yonhap) -- The United States has no hostile policy and is ready to meet with North Korea without preconditions, a State Department spokesman said Wednesday, after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said the U.S. offer to engage with the North is a disguise for its hostility.

"The United States harbors no hostile intent toward the DPRK. Our policy calls for a calibrated, practical approach that is open to and will explore diplomacy with the DPRK to make tangible progress that increases the security of the United States, our allies, and our deployed forces," a State Department spokesperson told Yonhap News Agency in an email.

DPRK stands for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official name.

"We are prepared to meet with the DPRK without preconditions. We hope the DPRK will respond positively to our outreach," the spokesperson added.

The U.S. has consistently called on North Korea to engage in dialogue since the Joe Biden administration took office in January.

North Korea has remained unresponsive to U.S. overtures.

In a national address delivered at a parliamentary meeting Wednesday (Seoul time), the North Korean leader argued the United States' hostile policy toward his country has not changed a bit eight months after the new U.S. administration took office, according to a report by the North's official Central News Agency.

Kim also said that the U.S. offer for engagement and dialogue without preconditions was "no more than a petty trick for deceiving the international community and hiding its hostile acts."


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