North Korea

United States waiting to see if North Korea wants to engage in diplomacy

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United States waiting to see if North Korea wants to engage in diplomacy

NORTH KOREA. In this file photo, a North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 9, 2017.

File photo by Edgar Su/Reuters

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken says 'the ball is in [North Korea]'s court'

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday, May 23, the United States is waiting to see if North Korea wants to engage in diplomacy over the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday, May 21, injected fresh urgency into attempts to engage North Korea in dialogue over its nuclear weapons, with Biden saying he would meet its leader Kim Jong Un under the right conditions.

“We are waiting to see if Pyongyang actually wants to engage,” Blinken said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” program. “The ball is in their court.”

“The best chance we have to achieve the objective of total denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is to engage diplomatically with North Korea,” Blinken said.

North Korea has rebuffed US entreaties for diplomacy since Biden took over from Donald Trump, who had three summits with Kim and famously exchanged “beautiful letters” with the third-generation leader. – Rappler.com