North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said his country needs to prepare for both dialogue & confrontation with the US, but especially for confrontation. These comments were made at a meeting of senior leaders in Pyongyang.

North Korea had earlier brushed off efforts by President Joe Biden's administration to establish diplomatic relations. Kim's comments are one of the first signs that North Korea could be open to the possibility of talks with the US.

   

Kim Jong-un prepares for 'dialogue and confrontation' with the US

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said his country needs to prepare for both dialogue and confrontation with the US, but especially to get fully prepared for confrontation".

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The ruling Workers' Party central committee meeting which started this week in the capital Pyongyang also saw Mr Kim admitting the country was facing food shortages.

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Mr Kim's relationship with Mr Biden's administration has been fraught with tension.

A statement by Mr Biden which referred to North Korea as a "serious threat" to global security prompted an angry response from North Korea, which said the statement reflected Mr Biden's intent to "keep enforcing the hostile policy" towards North Korea.

Washington recently completed a review of its North Korea policy and said that the US would continue to aim for the eventual complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

Mr Biden also promised an approach marked by diplomacy and deterrence.