JOE BIDEN’s repeated attempts to reach out to the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un have been met with a stony silence, as tensions continue to simmer between the two foes.
The new US President made several behind-the scenes attempts in February to establish a dialogue with Pyongyang, but all to no avail. These even included an approach to the North Korean mission at the United Nations in New York. In a further snub to Mr Biden, North Korean state media has yet to acknowledge that he won the 2020 elections in December.
A White House official told CNN: “To reduce the risks of escalation, we reached out to the North Korean government through several channels starting in mid-February, including in New York.
“To date, we have not received any response from Pyongyang.
“This follows over a year without active dialogue with North Korea, despite multiple attempts by the US to engage.”