White House: Biden summit not possible with Kim

A White House spokesperson has dismissed a possible summit between US President Joe Biden and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Biden had commented after the North's latest ballistic missile launches last Thursday that he is "prepared for some form of diplomacy, but it has to be conditioned upon the end result of denuclearization."

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked at a news conference on Monday whether Biden's remarks about "some form of diplomacy" would include meeting directly with Kim.

Psaki said that is not his intention and she thinks the president's approach would be quite different.

Biden had criticized his predecessor Donald Trump for failing to halt Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development despite holding three summit talks with Kim since 2018.

The Biden administration plans to hold three-way talks on North Korea this week, involving senior national security officials from Japan and South Korea.

The administration is also due to complete a review of US North Korean policy sometime soon.