The U.S. conflict with North Korea has gone on for decades. It’s no mystery. China’s U.N. ambassador hopes that President Joe Biden’s policy toward North Korea wouldn’t stir extreme pressure to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. Rather, he wants the U.S. to aim for diplomacy and dialogue. It’s the classic saying “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” Zhang Jun also hopes there will be equal emphasis on peace and security. He says it’s hard to denuclearize things when there’s no environment for any peace or security in place.
The White House says that Biden plans to deviate from Donald Trump’s win-them-over approach and Barack Obama’s hands-off approach. While Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced administration officials reviewed the policy, there were comments on it. Biden’s administration knows it’s a process and they’re doing this step-by-step to help denuclearize things with corresponding actions, which may even include sanctions relief from the United States. As of now, there’s no promise of a formal end to the Korean War. China assumed the presidency of the U.N., Jun said in a news conference that he’ll look “very carefully” at the U.S. policy towards Korea and see if there are any grounds for better dialogue in the situation.
China and Russia circulated a draft resolution last year on lifting sanctions against North Korea, and Jun said it’s still on the table. Even though China is implementing sanctions against the North, he also believes the Security Council should consider adjusting things so that the people don’t have to suffer. He wants to create a more favorable environment to more directly tackle the issues. On Sunday, North Korea said it was a big mistake for Biden to call them a security threat and his speech may warrant a grave response. Jun isn’t oblivious to the situation because he recognizes the harsh words. He’s reading the temperature of the room and sees that so far things have been generally stable.
The tensions have been bubbling up for years. Each side is moving inch by inch but not too much to where a huge threat makes the country want to take drastic actions. Jun says both the United States and North Korea need to truly consider what they should do next. They need to avoid taking any actions that could cause serious conflict down the line. He believes efforts should go to creating a better dialogue where they actually walk together instead of in the opposite direction. Pressure no matter how big or small would not result in finding a lasting solution.