Biden warns of ‘responses’ if North Korea ‘choose to escalate’

US President Joe Biden says his country will “respond accordingly” if North Korea escalates its missile testing.

“We are consulting with our partners and allies,” Biden says at his first White House press conference. “And there will be responses if they choose to escalate. We will respond accordingly.”

Biden tells reporters he is “prepared for some form of diplomacy” with North Korea but it “has to be conditioned upon the end result of denuclearization.”

North Korea fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea today, in its first substantive provocation to Biden’s new administration.

Pyongyang is banned from developing any ballistic missiles under UN Security Council resolutions, and is under multiple international sanctions over its weapons programs.

Biden says the North has violated UN resolutions by testing “those particular missiles.”

The new US president also replies “yes” when asked if North Korea is the top foreign policy issue he is watching.