The White House intends to revise its policy towards Pyongyang in the вЂњcoming weeks,вЂќ the head of the State Department said.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken did not deny that the new US administration is considering a military option as part of an ongoing review of policy towards North Korea. The State Department published on Wednesday, March 17, the text of the interview of the head of the department to the Japanese television channel TV Asahi.
The journalist asked Blinken if Washington is considering a military option against Pyongyang.
вЂњWell, what we will be looking at and are looking at in this review is an analysis of the various pressure opportunities as well as the various opportunities for diplomatic efforts, and let's see what we can do. We want to be sure we complete this process. We will share our findings and conclusions with our closest partners in Japan and South Korea, and then we will work on it together, вЂњBlinken replied.
He said that the review process involved non-governmental experts, former high-ranking officials, as well as representatives from South Korea and Japan. Blinken stressed that вЂњthe revision is in full swingвЂќ and expressed the hope that it вЂњwill be completed in the coming weeks.вЂќ
Also, the head of the State Department sharply criticized the DPRK, accusing its leadership of systematic violation of the rights of its own citizens. He said this during a meeting with his South Korean counterpart Jung Ui Young in Seoul, where he arrived during his first overseas tour in this capacity.
вЂњThe authoritarian North Korean regime continues the systematic and widespread practice of violating the rights of its own citizens,вЂќ Blinken stressed. вЂњWe must rise up to defend fundamental rights and freedoms against those who trample on them.вЂќ
We will remind, immediately after the inauguration of President Joe Biden in office, it was reported that the United States plans to prepare a new strategy towards North Korea and pursue a course to contain Pyongyang.