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North Korea prepares for 'dialogue and confrontation' with US

President Joe Biden called Kim a "thug" last year, before he took office
HANDOUT - 17 June 2021, North Korea, Pyongyang: A picture provided by the North Korean state news agency (KCNA) on 18 June 2021, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un holding up a document carrying his signature at the third plenary meeting of the eighth Central Committee of North Korea's Workers' Party on its third-day to discuss international affairs, including the Biden administration's North Korea policy. Photo: -/KCNA/dpa - ATTENTION: editorial use only and only if the credit mentioned above is referenced in full
Kim Jong-un holding up a document at the third plenary meeting of the eighth Central Committee of North Korea's Workers' Party. Photo: KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said his country must be "prepared for both dialogue and confrontation" with the United States.

The country must "especially get fully prepared for confrontation," Kim said on Thursday at a meeting of the ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, according to state-run agency KCNA on Friday.

Kim told the senior leaders they must "protect the dignity of our state and its interests for independent development and to reliably guarantee the peaceful environment and the security of our state."

The rogue regime last test-fired missiles in March. It was seen as a challenge to the new Biden administration and propelled Pyongyang to one of Washington's most pressing foreign policy issues.

President Joe Biden called Kim a "thug" last year, before he took office, but is pursuing what the White House calls a "calibrated, practical approach" that is open to diplomacy with the rogue regime.

State media did not elaborate on the course Kim had decided to take with Washington, but it said he had presented a "detailed analysis of the policy tendency of the newly emerged US administration."

Biden has hosted Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and South Korean President Moon Jae In at the White House to discuss policy toward the North.

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