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U.S. considering sanctions, incentives to bring N. Korea back to negotiating table: Blinken Updated: 2021-02-02 10:07:30 KST


The newly-confirmed U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Biden administration is considering both sanctions and incentives when it comes to its North Korean policies.
Speaking during an interview with NBC, he also underscored that the tools to bring the regime back to the negotiating table may include additional sanctions which will be imposed in accordance with U.S. allies as well as diplomatic incentives.
Without elaborating what they could be, Blinken said President Biden had instructed his national security team to review U.S. policies toward the North across the board.
Such a remark seems to be in line with the Biden administration's goal to review the entire U.S. policy and approach toward Pyeongyang.
He told his Senate confirmation hearing last month that Washington will look at ways to increase pressure on the regime, while at the same time possibly providing humanitarian aid if needed.
The biggest variable could be possible provocations from the North.
Many North Korean experts have pointed to the possibility of a long-range missile test, nuclear test, or another move by the regime to place itself on the list of priorities for the new U.S. administration.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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