By KIM TONG-HYUNG Associated Press
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea on Saturday accused the Biden administration of increasing military tensions with China through its “reckless” support for Taiwan, and said the growing US military presence in the region posed a potential threat to the North.
In comments relayed by state media, North Korea’s Deputy Foreign Minister Pak Myong Ho criticized the United States for sending warships through the Taiwan Strait and providing Taiwan, an autonomous island that China claims as part of its territory, improved weapons and military systems. coaching.
US “indiscreet interference” in matters concerning Taiwan, which the North regards as an entirely Chinese domestic affair, threatens to trigger a “delicate situation on the Korean peninsula.”
Pak’s statement came a day after President Joe Biden told a CNN town hall that the United States is committed to defending Taiwan if attacked by China. While this seemed to blur Washington’s long-held position of maintaining “strategic ambiguity” over its intervention if China attacks Taiwan, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Biden had no intention to convey a policy change.
China and Taiwan separated amid civil war in 1949, and although they only have formal diplomatic relations with Beijing, the United States remains determined by law to ensure that Taiwan can defend itself against external threats.