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Biden administration finishes North Korea policy review

Biden administration finishes North Korea policy review
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The Biden administration finished its review of U.S. policy toward North Korea and will take a “calibrated, practical approach” to denuclearization, the White House announced on Friday.

“I can confirm that we’ve completed our DPRK policy review, which was thorough, rigorous and inclusive," White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiThe Memo: Outrage rises among liberals over Israel Biden to talk vaccination strategy with bipartisan governors House Republicans press Biden Education secretary on reopening outreach MORE said, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"We consulted closely with outside experts and our predecessors from several previous administrations and our way forward draws from their lessons learned and shared,” she added during a briefing.

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Psaki, speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, said the United States' goal is the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” something that has eluded the last four administrations.

“Our policy will not focus on achieving a grand bargain nor will it rely on strategic patience. Our policy calls for a calibrated, practical approach that is open to and will explore diplomacy with the DPRK and to make practical progress that increases the security of the United States, our allies and deployed forces,” Psaki said.

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The Biden administration announced its review in January. It follows former President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE’s unprecedented engagement with North Korea, including leader-to-leader diplomacy with North Korea’s Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnNorth Korea has much to consider — when, and if, talks resume Pompeo on CIA recruitment: We can't risk national security to appease 'liberal, woke agenda' Ted Cruz rips new 'Humans of CIA' video: 'We've come a long way from Jason Bourne' MORE, as part of an effort to get Pyongyang to denuclearize.  

Psaki on Friday didn’t give details on Biden being briefed on the review but called it an “ongoing discussion.” She said the administration will also continue to consult with South Korea, Japan and other allies.