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Biden news live: North Korea warns of ‘very grave situation’ after president’s remarks


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Days after Joe Biden described North Korea and other autocratic states as “serious threats” to the United States and to the world, the country warned of a “very grave situation” facing the two nuclear powers on Sunday.

The US president, in an address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, warned of the risks of North Korea’s nuclear programme and pledged to work alongside allies to address it — with diplomacy and stern difference.

Pyongyang, on Sunday, said Mr Biden’s statement “clearly reflects his intent to keep enforcing the hostile policy toward the DPRK as it had been done by the US for over half a century” .

Kwon Jong Gun, a senior North Korean Foreign Ministry official, continued by calling Mr Biden’s speech “a big blunder” that in time would create “a very grave situation” for the US.

The White House said on Friday that administration officials had completed a review of US policy toward North Korea, with Mr Biden set to bring an end to the efforts of both Barack Obama and Donald Trump towards Pyongyang.

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US warned of ‘very grave situation’

On Sunday, a senior official for North Korea’s foreign ministry issued a warning of a “very grave situation” for the United States in future, following recent remarks by Joe Biden aimed at Pyongyang.

The US president on Wednesday said North Korea and its nuclear programme were a “serious threat” to the world. And on Friday, the White House issued further remarks, saying Mr Biden would veer away from both the Obama and Trump approach towards Pyongyang.

In a statement, Kwon Jong Gun said: “Now that the keynote of the US new DPRK policy has become clear, we will be compelled to press for corresponding measures, and with time the US will find itself in a very grave situation.”

It was not immediate clear what response North Korea was taking following the comments by Mr Biden and the White House.

NKorea warns US of ‘very grave situation’ over Biden speech

North Korea has warned the United States will face “a very grave situation” because President Joe Biden “made a big blunder” in his recent speech by calling the North a security threat and revealing his intent to maintain a hostile policy on it

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