A Hermit State US intelligence officer said North Korea could use talks with Joe Biden’s administration to advance Kim Jong-un’s nuclear weapons program.
Pyongyang is subject to international sanctions for its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
The US is looking for ways to increase pressure on North Korea to bring it back to the negotiating table.
However, North Korea sees diplomacy as an instrument to advance the development of its nuclear weapons.
Sydney Seiler, the American intelligence officer for
North Korea, Washington warned, shouldn’t be surprised if there is a rocket launch by Sunday.
He said the center for strategic and international
Studies think tank: “Every engagement in diplomacy was developed to advance the nuclear program and to find no way out.
“I’m just asking people not to let the tactical ambiguity affect the strategic clarity we have about North Korea that we have.
“So we shouldn’t be overly encouraged if Kim Jong-un suddenly proposes a dialogue tomorrow, and we shouldn’t be overly surprised or discouraged if there is an ICBM (ICBM) launch by Sunday.”
Seiler warned the force that North Korea wanted to develop, although it was partly ambitious and partly years away, far more than that needed by a country that simply wanted to be left alone.
He added, “This is where the real risk of inaction comes in.”
Biden’s administration is believed to be planning a full review of the U.S. approach to North Korea in order to resume talks on sanctions and potential aid.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki repeated on Friday, saying North Korea’s nuclear weapons pose a serious threat to peace and Washington has a vital interest in deterring Pyongyang.
Biden tries to make a quick decision on his approach after his predecessor Donald Trump’s unprecedented summit meetings with Kim Jong-un.
It comes weeks after Kim Jong-un was pictured at a military parade in Pyongyang where large crowds gathered to see the regime unveil a ballistic missile fired from a submarine.
The parade itself shouldn’t be a provocation, but it was a worrying sign of Pyongyang’s priorities, said Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul.