Seoul, South Korea — The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lashed out at South Korea on Thursday for considering new unilateral sanctions against North Korea, calling its president and government “idiots” and “a running dog gnawing on a bone.” The United States”
Kim Yo Jong’s claim came two days after South Korea’s foreign ministry said it was considering further sanctions against North Korea over recent missile tests. The department said it would also consider taking action against alleged cyberattacks by North Korea — believed to be a key new source of funding for its weapons program — if North Korea carries out a serious provocation such as a nuclear test.
“I wonder what kind of ‘sanctions’ the South Korean group will impose on North Korea, no more than a running wild dog gnawing a bone from the United States,” Kim Yo Jong said in a statement carried by state media. “What a sight!”
South Korea’s conservative president Yoon Suk Yeol and his government are “idiots who continue to create a dangerous situation.” He added that South Korea was “not our target” when Moon Jae-in – Yoon’s liberal predecessor who sought reconciliation with North Korea – was in power. The comment could be seen as fueling anti-Yoon sentiment in South Korea.
“We once again warn the brazen and the foolish that the desperate sanctions and pressure of the US and its South Korean aggressors (North Korea) will fuel the latter’s hostility and anger and serve as a noose for them,” Kim Yo said. Jong said.
Kim Yo Jong’s official title is deputy department director of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee. But South Korea’s spy agency says he is the second most powerful man in North America after his brother and maintains ties to South Korea and the United States.
While this is not the first time Kim Yo Jong has used harsh attacks against South Korea, North Korea is expected to further escalate military tensions on the Korean Peninsula, as he is in charge of relations with South Korea and has some influence over the North. for army. Cheong Seong-Chang is an analyst at the private Sejong Institute in South Korea.
South Korea quickly hit back at Kim Yo Jong Yoon’s insult, saying it was “very regrettable that he condemns our head of state with harsh, low-quality words and does not show basic decency.” Seoul’s Unification Ministry said in a statement that it strongly condemns South Korea’s “impure attempt to incite anti-government fighting and shake our system.”
Last month, South Korea imposed its own sanctions against 15 North Korean individuals and 16 entities suspected of involvement in illicit activities aimed at financing North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs. These were Seoul’s first unilateral sanctions against North Korea in five years, but experts said they were largely symbolic because there are few financial transactions between the two Koreas.
But observers say Seoul’s coordination with the United States and others to crack down on North Korea’s alleged illicit cyber activities could anger North Korea and damage funding for its weapons programs. Earlier this year, a UN panel of experts said in a report that North Korea was stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from financial institutions, cryptocurrency companies and stock exchanges.
North Korea has been hit by UN sanctions 11 times since 2006, imposed over its nuclear and missile tests. But the UN Security Council has failed to adopt new sanctions against North Korea over its banned ballistic missile launches this year because of the government’s opposition to the United Nations. China and Russia, the council’s two veto-wielding members, are locked in a confrontation with the United States.
South Korea’s foreign ministry said Thursday that North Korea is turning to cybercrime and clandestine ship-to-ship transport of unauthorized goods to avoid UN sanctions. Spokesman Lim Soosuk said Kim Yo Jong’s firm reaction to the South’s review of possible unilateral sanctions shows that North Korea cares deeply about such moves. He said South Korea would consider facing consequences for North Korea over prohibited ship-to-ship transfers if it conducts a nuclear test, which would be its first in five years.
North Korea has repeatedly said that UN sanctions and regular US military exercises with South Korea are evidence of US hostility towards the North. U.S.-led diplomacy over North Korea’s nuclear program collapsed in early 2019 over disagreements over how much sanctions relief North Korea should take in exchange for limited denuclearization steps.
Kim Yo Jong warned on Tuesday that the United States was facing a “more fatal security crisis” as the United Nations condemned the North’s recent test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially hit the entire US mainland. a barking dog seized by fear.”
North Korea is famous for colorful, crude personal attacks on South Korean and American leaders. He called former South Korean presidents Lee Myung-bak and Park Geun-hye a “rat” and a “prostitute” respectively, while former US president Donald Trump was called a “mentally deranged American dolt”. In March 2021, while Moon was still in office, Kim Yo Jong called him “a parrot raised by America”.