North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has rejected the US offer of dialogue, calling it a “facade” and accusing President Joe Biden of continuing the “hostile acts” of his predecessors, state media reported Thursday.

The Biden government has repeatedly said it is willing to meet with North Korean officials anywhere, anytime, and without preconditions, as part of its denuclearization efforts.

But in a sweeping speech to the Supreme People’s Assembly, the North Korean “parliament”, Kim Jong Un called the US offer a “facade to hide their deceit and hostile acts, and a continuation of the hostile policy of previous administrations “.

“Since the advent of the new US administration, the US military threat and its hostile policy against us have not changed at all, they have become more deceptive,” Kim continued, according to reported comments. by the official daily Rodong Sinmun.

“The most fundamental crisis that shatters the basic principles of international peace and stability is the abuse of power and coercion by the United States and its supporters,” added the North Korean leader.

Kim Jong Un also considered premature the recent call by South Korean President Moon Jae-in to officially end the Korean War (1950-1953) which ended with a truce and not a peace treaty, leaving the two parties technically at war ever since.

Such an act can only take place when “mutual respect is guaranteed and unjust opinions and double standards abandoned”, warned the North Korean leader.

Launch of a projectile, billed as a Hwasong-8 hypersonic missile, September 28, 2021 in northern North Korea

On Wednesday, a few hours before the speech by the North Korean leader, the American envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, reiterated the American offer of dialogue.

“We are firmly committed to finding a diplomatic path to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” he told reporters. “It hasn’t changed at all,” he added.

According to the American diplomat, Washington has offered Pyongyang “a dialogue on a wide range of subjects, but we have not had a response, and we hope to have news soon.”

Talks between Washington and Pyongyang have been deadlocked since the failure of the 2019 summit in Hanoi between Kim Jong Un and then US President Donald Trump.

Since Kim Jong Un came to power, weapons programs have progressed, Pyongyang justifying them by the need to protect against a possible American invasion.

North Korea has not carried out any nuclear tests or intercontinental ballistic missile fire since 2017. But it said this week it has tested a hypersonic glider missile which, if the veracity of the information is confirmed, would constitute a technological breakthrough. major.

Hypersonic missiles are much faster than conventional ballistic or cruise missiles. They are also much more difficult to detect and intercept by missile defense systems.

The UN Security Council plans to meet urgently Thursday on North Korea, at the request of the United States, France and the United Kingdom, according to diplomatic sources.

This session will in principle be held in the morning and behind closed doors, one of these sources told AFP, without indicating whether it could lead to the adoption of a joint declaration by the Security Council.

This trilateral request from Washington, Paris and London is the first sign of unity of these three capitals since the crisis which pitted France against the United States and the United Kingdom in the matter of the Australian submarines.

It is also the first time in a very long time that the United States has taken the initiative of an emergency meeting of the Security Council on North Korea.

Ref: https://www.courrierinternational.com