At a ruling party meeting Thursday, Kim gave a "detailed analysis" of Biden's North Korea policy, the state-controlled KCNA news agency reported. It said Kim "stressed the need to get prepared for both dialogue and confrontation, especially to get fully prepared for confrontation."
This two-track approach, coupling diplomacy and militaristic threats, has been used by Kim before.
But the importance of these remarks might not be in their familiar content but rather their timing, according to Cristina Varriale, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a London think tank.
"For quite a few months now the DPRK has been relatively silent on their foreign policy direction, especially in relation to the U.S. — but these comments break that silence," Varriale said, using the country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
That might be because Kim has now "seen the new Biden administration settle in" and begin to sketch out its approach, Varriale added. "North Korea is now able and willing to begin publicizing its position again."
Kim's comments also come days before a visit to South Korea by Sung Kim, the top U.S. official on North Korea. He will hold a meeting with South Korean and Japanese officials in Seoul on Saturday, a trip that emphasizes the importance of those alliances, according to the State Department.
In April, the White House completed its "policy review" on North Korea. Like previous administrations, it says it is aiming for "the complete denuclearization" of North Korea.