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Biden suggests there is little chance of meeting with North Korea’s Kim amid rising tensions

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President said Saturday that any meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would “depend on whether he was sincere and whether he was serious,” a departure from former President Donald Trump’s aggressive pursuit of the rogue autocrat.

Biden’s skeptical comments came during a joint press conference with new South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, in which the two leaders expressed growing concerns over ’s provocations.

Biden’s remarks suggest he would meet with Kim only after significant negotiations were underway at lower levels. Trump’s three meetings with Kim took place without enforceable conditions set on Kim.

North Korea tested three short-range missiles last week and American intelligence officials said in recent days that they were worried about potential tests of nuclear weapons or long-range missiles during Biden’s visit to the region this week or soon after he departs.

Biden, who arrived in South Korea on Friday, is

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