North Korea says US tried to initiate contact in ‘cheap trick’


North Korea has claimed the US tried to initiate renewed contact in what it dismissed as a “cheap trick.”

Top diplomat Choe Son Hui, first vice minister of foreign affairs for North Korea, said the contact would be ignored until the Biden administration dropped its hostile policies.

It is the first formal rejection of a diplomatic approach by the Biden administration since the president took office in January, according to Reuters.

“What has been heard from the US since the emergence of the new regime is only lunatic theory of ‘threat from North Korea’ and groundless rhetoric about ‘complete denuclearisation,’” Ms Choe said.

The statement came as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin visited South Korea, as part of the first overseas trip for senior members of the administration.


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