The remarks came ahead of a meeting between US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Washington D.C. later this month, and after Biden highlighted North Korea’s nuclear threat in his first joint speech to Congress on Wednesday.
One statement said Biden made a “big blunder” when he called North Korea’s and Iran’s nuclear programs “a serious threat to America’s security and world security.”
“His statement clearly reflects his intent to keep enforcing hostile policy toward the DPRK as it had been done by the U.S. for over half a century,” said Kwong Jong Gun, director general of the Department of U.S. Affairs at North Korea’s Foreign Ministry.
During the speech, Biden declared he would work with allies to address the nuclear threats with “diplomacy and stern deterrence.”
North Korea responded Sunday, warning that it could counter with “corresponding measures” and the United States would face a “crisis beyond control in the near future” if it remains hostile against North Korea’s nuclear goals.
Another statement accused the U.S. State Department of “political chicanery” in a statement last week describing North Korea as “one of the most repressive and totalitarian states in the world.”
In its statement, the North Korean Foreign Ministry said the United States “has no right to even discuss human rights.”
“The U.S., where innocent people lose their lives to social inequality and racism every day, where 580,000 people died of novel coronavirus, is itself a human rights wasteland,” the agency said.
North Korea’s response comes after White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday that the US has concluded a strategy assessment on North Korea and intends to follow a “calibrated practical approach” to diplomacy.
Psaki compared the Biden administration’s strategy to the Trump administration’s aim of striking a grand deal and the Obama administration’s posture of “strategic patience.”
A third comment attributed to Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, threatened South Korea with consequences for sending balloons into North Korean territory.
North Korea, according to Kim, could not hide its annoyance at a group of activist North Korean defectors who sent balloons containing money and anti-North Korean propaganda into the territory.
“We regard the maneuvers committed by the human wastes in the south as a serious provocation against our state and will look into corresponding action,” she said.