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Kim Jong Un’s sister makes insulting threats to South Korea over sanctions

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Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press

Published Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 7:58 PM EST

Last updated Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 10:29 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Thursday made insulting threats to South Korea for considering unilateral sanctions against the country, prompting South Korea’s new president. and called his government “idiot” and “fool”. Run wild dogs that gnaw bones given to us by the United States.”

Kim Yo-jong’s criticism comes two days after South Korea’s foreign ministry said it was considering additional unilateral sanctions against North Korea in the wake of the recent barrage of missile tests. , said it would also consider sanctions and crackdowns on suspected North Korean cyberattacks if North Korea carries out large-scale provocations such as nuclear tests.

“What kind of ‘sanctions’ will a South Korean group, which is little more than a bone-chewing stray given by the United States, have the audacity to impose on North Korea,” Kim Yo-jong said in a statement to state media. “What a wonderful sight!”

She called South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk-yeol and his administration officials “idiots who keep creating dangerous situations.” When Yoon’s liberal predecessor Moon Jae-in, who sought reconciliation with North Korea, was in power, she added that South Korea “was not our target.” It could be seen as an attempt to foment antipathy toward Yoon in South Korea.

“I once again warn the brazen foolish people that the desperate sanctions and pressure[against North Korea]by US and South Korean minions will fuel North Korea’s hostility and anger and act as their noose.” Kim Yo Jung said.

Kim Yo Jong’s official title is Deputy Director of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party of North Korea. However, the South Korean spy service believes she is the second most powerful person in North Korea after her brother and that she handles South Korea’s relations with the United States.

This is not the first time Kim Yo Jong has used crude accusations against South Korea, but given that she is in charge of relations with South Korea and wields some influence over North Korea’s military. North Korea is still expected to further escalate military tensions on the Korean Peninsula, said Cheong Seong-Chang, an analyst at South Korea’s private Sejong Institute.

South Korea was quick to hit back at Kim Yo-jung’s insults to Yoon, saying it was “extremely deplorable that she denounced the head of state with rough, substandard language and fails to demonstrate basic etiquette.” In a statement, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said it strongly condemned “her impure attempt to instigate anti-government struggles and undermine our system” in South Korea.

Last month, South Korea imposed its own sanctions on 15 North Korean individuals and 16 organizations suspected of engaging in illicit activities to fund North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs. It was the first unilateral sanctions by the South Korean government on North Korea in five years, but experts say it was largely a symbolic move, given the lack of inter-Korean financial transactions.

But observers said Seoul’s move to cooperate with the United States and others to crack down on North Korea’s illegal cyber activities could anger North Korea and damage funding for its weapons program. Says.

Earlier this year, a UN panel of experts said in a report that North Korea continues to steal hundreds of millions of dollars from financial institutions, cryptocurrency companies and exchanges.

Since 2006, North Korea has been subject to 11 UN sanctions imposed for nuclear and missile tests. But the UN Security Council has opposed China and Russia, his two of the Council’s veto-wielding members, as they are separately locked in a confrontation with the United States. .

North Korea has repeatedly said that UN sanctions, along with regular military exercises with South Korea, are evidence of US hostility towards North Korea. US-led diplomacy on North Korea’s nuclear program collapsed in early 2019 after disputes over how much bailouts to give North Korea in exchange for limited denuclearization measures.

Kim Yo Jong on Tuesday called for the United Nations to condemn North Korea’s recent intercontinental ballistic missile test that threatened to strike the entire U.S. mainland, amid a “more fatal security crisis”. warned that he would face He likened the United States to “fear-stricken barking dogs.”

North Korea is notorious for its colorful and vulgar personal attacks on South Korean and US leaders. He called former South Korean presidents Lee Myung-bak and Park Geun-hye “rat” and “whore” respectively, and described former president Donald Trump as “a mentally insane American lazy man.” In March 2021, when Moon Jae-in was still in office, Kim Yo-jong called him an “American-raised parrot.”

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