North Korea Vows to Respond to Biden's 'Hostile Policy,' Warns of 'Grave Situation'
N. Korean official says country is preparing for a showdown with the United States
North Korea has issued a warning to the United States after Joe Biden's administration announced a new policy toward the despot nation.
The Biden admin says it has completed a months-long review of its approach to Pyongyang going forward.
An unnamed spokesman from the country said it was clear that America is preparing for an "all-out showdown," Reuters reported.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday that Biden’s team consulted with officials from previous administrations to determine the best approach.
Biden’s goal "remains the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Psaki told reporters.
Kwon Jong Gun, the director-general of the Department of U.S. Affairs of the Foreign Ministry, referred to earlier comments that Biden made when he was addressing his approach to Iran and North Korea.
Reuters pointed out that Biden wants to address the threat with "diplomacy and stern deterrence."
Kwon told Reuters that Biden seemed clear that he aims to "keep enforcing the hostile policy toward the DPRK as it had been done by the U.S. for over half a century."
Last week, Biden, in his first address to Congress, called North Korea and Iran's nuclear programs "a serious threat to America's security and world security."
He said he'll work with allies to address those problems through diplomacy and stern deterrence.
"His statement clearly reflects his intent to keep enforcing the hostile policy toward the DPRK as it had been done by the U.S. for over half a century," Kwon said in a statement.
DPRK stands for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official name.
"It is certain that the U.S. chief executive made a big blunder in the light of the present-day viewpoint," Kwon said.
"Now that the keynote of the U.S. new DPRK policy has become clear, we will be compelled to press for corresponding measures, and with time the U.S. will find itself in a very grave situation."
Kwon still didn't specify what steps North Korea would take, and his statement could be seen as an effort to apply pressure on the Biden administration as it's shaping up its North Korea policy.
The White House said Friday administration officials had completed a review of U.S. policy toward North Korea, saying Biden plans to veer from the approaches of his two most recent predecessors as he tries to stop North Korea's nuclear program.
Psaki did not detail the findings of the review but suggested the administration would seek a middle ground between President Donald Trump's "grand bargain" and Barack Obama's "strategic patience" approaches.