It’s telling that a foreign country won’t even take the American president’s call. Maybe President Joe Biden should take it as a sign.
An unnamed official allegedly told Reuters that the Biden administration’s efforts to reach out to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has been defeated, Breitbart reported. This is in direct contrast to the relationship former President Donald Trump shared with the leader.
“To date, we have not received any response from Pyongyang,” the anonymous source identified as a “senior Biden administration official” reportedly said. The administration has been trying to contact Kim through back-door channels since last month to no avail.
Trump had made inroads with the dictator during his time in office. Although the left said diplomacy with Kim was a fool’s errand, Trump managed to convince the leader to halt the nation’s nuclear weapons tests.
Now it seems like the relationship has gone cold between North Korea and the U.S. with Biden in office, although that same official claimed communications had already trailed off during the Trump administration. Besides the nation’s usual hostility toward the west, North Korean state-run media has been particularly harsh on Biden.
In the spring of 2019, when the 2020 presidential primaries were in full swing in America, the Korean Central News Agency called Biden an “imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being” as well as a “fool of low IQ.” Later, the rhetoric from other North Korean commentators suggested “Rabid dogs like Biden can hurt lots of people if they are allowed to run about,” and that “They must be beaten to death with a stick.”
Trump weathered his share of barbs and was more skilled at turning them back on Kim. “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’” Trump had said in 2017 responding to many instances when he was called a “dotard.”
The news that North Korea is ghosting the Biden administration would be amusing if it weren’t such a serious turn of events. Kim Jong-un is a dangerous man, the Supreme Leader of a nation always at the ready for war. The administration needs to find a way to rekindle a working relationship or face a serious threat from the nuclear-capable nation.