North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been turning his back on President Biden, a stark contrast to his relationship with his predecessor Donald Trump.
A Biden administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that the White House communicated with Kim “through various channels beginning in mid-February, including in New York.”
“To date, we have not received any response from Pyongyang,” the official added.
Defense Secretary and Secretary of State Antony Blinken are expected to meet with officials in Japan and South Korea next week, despite unsuccessful efforts by the White House to reach Kim.
Those meetings will likely highlight concerns about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, Reuters reported.
Trump and Kim enjoyed something of a bromance during the former president’s administration, although Kim was ultimately not convinced to give up his ballistic missiles.
The former president previously claimed that Kim wrote him “beautiful letters” and that they “fell in love”; Trump also reportedly offered Kim a ride on Air Force One after their summit in Vietnam.
Still, Trump and Kim also had their fights. In the worst case scenario, Trump threatened to rain “fire and fury” on Kim and taunted him with his “biggest and most powerful” nuclear button, and the North Korean dictator called Trump a deranged “madman.”