President Joe Biden says addressing a nuclearized North Korea is his top foreign policy issue. Biden says at his first presidential news conference the U.S. “will respond accordingly” if Pyongyang continues to fire ballistic missiles. (March 25)
– Overnight, we learned that North Korea tested two ballistic missiles. What, if any, actions will you take, and what is your red line on North Korea?
JOE BIDEN: Let me say that, number one, UN resolution 1718 was violated by those particular missiles that were tested. Number one. We’re consulting with our allies and partners, and there will be responses. If they choose to escalate, we will respond accordingly. But I’m also prepared for some form of diplomacy, but it has to be conditioned upon the end result of denuclearization. So that’s what we’re doing right now, consulting with our allies.
– Former President Obama warned the incoming President Trump that North Korea was the top foreign policy issue that he was watching. Is that how you assess the crisis in North Korea?
JOE BIDEN: Yes.