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N. Korea's Kim vows to prepare for dialogue, confrontation with US

With nuclear talks stalled, comments are first since Biden replaced Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks on the third day of a plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang on June 17 in this image released by KCNA.   © Reuters

BEIJING (Kyodo) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has pledged to prepare for both "dialogue and confrontation" with the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden, state-run media reported Friday.

It is thought to be the first time Kim has publicly expressed an eagerness to talk with the Biden administration since it came to power in January, with denuclearization negotiations between North Korea and the United States stalled for more than 18 months.

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