|President Joe Biden gives his inaugural address during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(Photo by=AP /Patrick Semansky, Pool)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] North Korea continues to be seen as a major challenge for the new U.S. administration, but not as a greater challenge as other domestic issues like the pandemic, for now, as evidenced by President Joe Biden's inaugural address on Wednesday.
"I was not at all surprised that the Korean Peninsula did not come up in Biden's address," says Celeste Arrington, political science and international affairs professor at George Washington University. "There was a lot of significant language about unity, tolerance even amid disagreements, respect, facing our national challenges (political and COVID) together, etc. Biden has to prioritize these tough domestic tasks," she added in an email interview with Yonhap News Agency.
Few had anticipated Biden to directly address North Korea in his inaugural speech, with over 400,000 Americans losing their lives to the novel coronavirus so far. Still, the experts worried the North may mistakenly choose to return to its old days of "fire and fury." "Part of Biden's approach to governance will probably be to entrust more tasks to Cabinet members and agencies, more of a 'normal' approach to politics and foreign policy," said Arrington. Unfortunately, this way of operating may give incentives for Pyongyang to engage in provocation to re-capture headlines and the president's attention in visible ways," she added.