SEOUL, South Korea (TBEN) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s powerful sister made insult-laden threats against South Korea on Thursday for considering literal sanctions against the north. running wild dog gnawing a bone given by the US”
Kim Yo Jong’s diatribe came two days after South Korea’s foreign ministry said it was reviewing additional unilateral sanctions against North Korea over its recent barrage of missile tests. The ministry said it would also consider sanctions and measures against North Korea’s alleged cyberattacks — a new major source of funding for its weapons program — if the North conducts a major provocation, such as a nuclear test.
“I wonder what ‘sanctions’ the South Korean group, mere running wild dog gnawing a bone, of the US, is brazenly imposing on North Korea,” Kim Yo Jong said in a statement to state media. . “What a spectacle!”
She called South Korea’s new conservative president Yoon Suk Yeol and his government officials “idiots who keep creating the dangerous situation.” She added that South Korea “had not been our target” when Moon Jae-in – Yoon’s liberal predecessor who sought reconciliation with North Korea – was in power. It could be seen as a possible attempt to stir up anti-Yoon sentiment in South Korea.
“We once again warn the brutal and stupid people that the desperate sanctions and pressure from the US and its South Korean accomplices against (North Korea) will add fuel to the latter’s hostility and anger and serve as a noose for them said Kim Yo. said Young.
Kim Yo Jong’s official title is Deputy Director of the ruling Workers’ Party of the Central Committee of the North. But South Korea’s spy agency believes she is the second most powerful person in the North after her brother, and handles relations with South Korea and the United States.
While this is not the first time Kim Yo Jong has used swear words against South Korea, North Korea is expected to further escalate military tensions on the Korean peninsula as it is responsible for relations with South Korea and some influence over the North’s military, said analyst Cheong Seong-Chang at South Korea’s private Sejong Institute.
Last month, South Korea imposed its own sanctions on 15 North Korean individuals and 16 organizations suspected of engaging in illegal activities to fund North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. It was Seoul’s first unilateral sanctions against North Korea in five years, but experts say it was largely a symbolic move because the two Koreas have little financial ties between them.
But observers say pressure from Seoul to cooperate with the United States and others to crack down on the North’s alleged illegal cyber activities could anger North Korea and hurt funding for its weapons programs. Earlier this year, a panel of UN experts said in a report that North Korea continued to steal hundreds of millions of dollars from financial institutions and cryptocurrency firms and exchanges, illicit money that is a major source of funding for its nuclear and missile programs.
North Korea has imposed 11 rounds of UN sanctions since 2006 over its nuclear and missile tests. But the UN Security Council has failed to pass new sanctions against North Korea over its torrid string of banned ballistic missile launches this year, as China and Russia, two of the council’s veto-holding members, have opposed them as they are separately embroiled are in confrontations with the United States.
North Korea has repeatedly said that the UN sanctions are evidence of US hostility towards North Korea, along with regular military exercises with South Korea. US-led diplomacy over North Korea’s nuclear program collapsed in early 2019 due to rows over how much sanctions North Korea would receive in exchange for its limited denuclearization moves.
Kim Yo Jong warned on Tuesday that the United States would face “a more fatal security crisis” as it pushes for UN condemnation of the North’s recent intercontinental ballistic missile test, which showed it has the potential to destroy the entire mainland of to hit the US. In her statement on Tuesday, Kim Yo Jong likened the United States to “a barking dog overcome with fear.”
North Korea is notorious for colorful, crude personal attacks on South Korean and American leaders. It called former South Korean presidents Lee Myung-bak and Park Geun-hye “a rat” and “a prostitute” respectively, while President Donald Trump was described as “a mentally disturbed American dotard”. In March 2021, when Moon was still in office, Kim Yo Jong called him “an American-raised parrot.”