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Kim Jong Un. Photo: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country should prepare for dialogue and especially "confrontation" with the United States, state media KCNA reported Friday local time, per Reuters.

Why it matters: President Biden in May met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Both leaders reaffirmed the importance of North Korea's denuclearization.

  • The White House said in April it had reached "a clear understanding​"​ that the past four U.S. administrations' attempts to denuclearize North Korea — an approach with both dialogue and sanctions — had failed.
    • Biden will pursue "a calibrated, practical approach that is open to and will explore diplomacy" with North Korea​.

What they're saying: Kim laid out an "appropriate strategic and tactical counteraction" regarding the U.S., according to KCNA reports.

  • "The General Secretary stressed the need to get prepared for both dialogue and confrontation, especially to get fully prepared for confrontation in order to protect the dignity of our state and its interests for independent development."
  • Doing so will "reliably guarantee the peaceful environment and the security of our state," KCNA added, noting that Kim emphasized the need to foster a "favorable external climate" for the country's own plans.

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Updated Sep 15, 2021 - World

Seoul: North Korea fired 2 ballistic missiles off its east coast

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vladivostok, Russia, in 2019. Photo: Yuri Smityuk/TASS via Getty Images

North Korea fired "two ballistic missiles" into the sea from off its east coast on Wednesday, South Korea's military said, per Yonhap news agency.

Why it matters: The launch further escalates tensions in the region, two days after Pyongyang claimed to have fired new long-range cruise missiles that it described as "a strategic weapon of great significance."

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Bomb cyclone prompts blizzard warnings from Virginia to Maine

Computer model projection showing the intense storm off of Cape Cod on Jan 29, 2022, with heavy snow and strong winds lashing the coastline. (Weatherbell.com)

Blizzard warnings are in effect for 11 million people from coastal Virginia to eastern Maine as a powerful and potentially historic winter storm is set to slam the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast beginning Friday.

Why it matters: The storm will bring an array of hazards, from zero visibility amid hurricane force wind gusts and heavy snow to coastal flooding that will erode vulnerable beaches and threaten coastal property from the Jersey shore to coastal Massachusetts.

Republican-led Pennsylvania court deems mail-in voting law unconstitutional

Workers count ballots for the 2020 Presidential election at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Nov. 3, 2020. Photo: Hannah Yoon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Republican-led Pennsylvania court on Friday ruled that the state's mail-in voting law is unconstitutional.

Driving the news: Three Republican judges sided with Republican challengers and ruled that no-excuse mail-in voting is prohibited under the state's constitution. Two Democrats on the panel dissented.

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