North Korean President Kim Yo Jong, the strong sister of leader Kim Jong Un, said Friday that the South Korean president should “keep his mouth shut” after repeating that his country is ready to provide economic aid in return. for nuclear disarmament.
Her comments are the first time that a senior North Korean official has directly commented on what a South Korean has said President Yoon Seok Yeol He launched a “bold” plan – first proposed in May and talked about again on Wednesday at a press conference marking his first 100 days in office.
“It would have been better for his picture to shut his mouth, rather than talking nonsense because he has nothing better to say,” Kim Yo Jong said in a statement released by the Korean Central News Agency, describing Yoon as “really simple and still childish.” “To think he can trade economic cooperation for North Korea’s honor and nuclear weapons.
“No one would mistake her fate for the cornbread,” she added.
South Korea’s Unification Minister, who handles relations with North Korea, called Kim’s comments “extremely disrespectful and inappropriate.”
Meanwhile, Yoon said he is ready to provide interim economic assistance to North Korea if it ends development of nuclear weapons Denuclearization began, and also pushed for increased South Korea’s military deterrence against North Korea. South Korea resumed Outstanding long joint workouts With the United States, including major field exercises scheduled to begin next week.
A US State Department spokesman said on Wednesday that Washington supports Yun’s policies, but Kim said the joint exercises show that the allies’ talk of diplomacy is insincere.
“We’ve made it clear that we won’t be sitting face to face with him,” she said of Yoon.
Kim Yoo Jong Become an audio critic South Korea in recent years, which some experts see as playing the role of “bad cop” in its quieter brother’s statements.
Friday’s statement is her harshest personal attack on Yoon yet, but this month she also released a profanity-filled sermon that blamed South. COVID-19 outbreak in the North and threatens “mortal revenge” if there are more events.
Experts say the latest economic plan for the South is similar to proposals by previous leaders, including those presented during then-US summits. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.
“Yon’s initiative adds to a long list of failed offers that include promises from South Korea to provide economic benefits to North Korea… These were the same assumptions that were behind a series of failed efforts to start denuclearization talks,” said Scott Snyder, a senior Fellows at the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank, said in a blog post Thursday.
North Korea tested two cruise missiles into the sea on Wednesday, the first such test in two months. This came after the country declared victory over COVID-19 last week.
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