UPDATED 9:13 AM PT – Thursday, July 22, 2021
The U.S. is teaming up with Japan and South Korea in an effort to sent a unified warning to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. During a press conference in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday, the three countries announced they are working closely to monitor the growing threat North Korea posses.
North Korea has reportedly shut down diplomatic communication with the U.S. after the Biden administration took over talks in January. According toU.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the U.S. is working with Japan and South Korea in an effort to contain the North Korean threat.
“That close coordination sends a very critical message to North Korea in that we are together and shoulder-to-shoulder in our approach to this policy,” she stated. “The United States has made it clear that we are ready to engage with North Korea; they know that. We hope they respond positively, but as my colleagues have said, we must exercise some patience.”
I had a productive meeting with @uni_kr Unification Minister Lee In-Young and Vice Minister Choi Young-joon about inter-Korean issues and our joint commitment to achieving complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. pic.twitter.com/wzp5fOa5GI
— Wendy R. Sherman (@DeputySecState) July 22, 2021
Sherman also discussed her upcoming visit to China, where she hopes to foster a working relationship with the oppressive regime.
“The United States has been and will continue to explore opportunities to engage PRC officials, including at senior levels as part of our effort to advance U.S. interests and responsibly manage this relationship,” she explained.
Sherman’s scheduled visit to China comes as Joe Biden faces harsh criticism for his son Hunter’s close ties to the country with critics accusing the Biden family of corruption.
In the meantime, the Biden administration has seemingly hit a roadblock with North Korea as the communist nation continues to advance its missile and nuclear programs without reproach.