Mr. Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said in a joint statement Saturday that “the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s] nuclear program presents a grave threat not only to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula but also the rest of Asia and the world,” and called on North Korea to abandon its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs.
Both leaders called on North Korea to abandon its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs, and emphasized that the path to dialogue remains open “toward a peaceful and diplomatic resolution.”
Mr. Biden attached conditions to the offer during a press conference later Saturday.
Earlier this month, North Korea completed its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile since 2017. The country has not staged a nuclear test since the same year.
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Wednesday that U.S. intelligence estimates there is a “genuine possibility” that North Korea will conduct a long-range missile test or nuclear test during Mr. Biden’s five-day trip to Asia, which includes visits to South Korea and Japan.
Mr. Sullivan said the administration is also prepared to make “both short- and longer-term adjustments” to U.S. military policy if Pyongyang continues a string of provocative weapons tests begun this year.
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