Kim Yo-jong, the influential sister of the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, has made threats and uttered insults against South Korea, because the neighboring country is considering adopting unilateral sanctions on Pyongyang.
Among the insults, Kim Yo-jong called the new president of South Korea and his government “idiots” and “wild dogs gnawing on a bone given by the USA”.
The North Korean leader’s sister’s criticism comes two days after the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed that it is reviewing the adoption of additional unilateral sanctions on the North, due to the large number of weapons tests that have been carried out by Pyongyang.
South Korean diplomacy has also said it is considering adopting sanctions and cracking down on North Korea’s alleged cyberattacks, a major new source of funding for its weapons program, should the neighbor move forward with a major military provocation such as a nuclear test.
“I wonder what ‘sanctions’ the South Korean group, no more than a wild dog gnawing on a bone given by the US, will shamelessly impose on North Korea,” says Kim Yo-jong in a statement released by the media. state communication.
Among the criticisms of the new South Korean president, the North Korean leader’s sister added that South Korea “was not the target” when predecessor Moon Jae-in, who sought reconciliation with the North, was in power.
These words can be seen as an attempt to foment anti-Yoon sentiments in South Korea.
“We warned the daring and the idiotsagain, that desperate sanctions and pressure from the US and its South Korean puppets against [a Coreia do Norte] will add fuel to the latter’s hostility and anger,” he added.
Kim Yo-jong’s official position is deputy director of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party (KCNA), the only one in the country and in power, but North Korea’s secret services believe that this is the second most powerful person of the North, after his brother, and who handles relations between Seoul and Washington.
In October, South Korea imposed its own sanctions on 15 North Koreans and 16 organizations suspected of engaging in illicit activities to fund North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.
These were Seoul’s first unilateral sanctions on North Korea in five years, although analysts said it was a symbolic step because the two Koreas have few financial arrangements between them.
However, observers point out that Seoul’s effort to coordinate with the United States and other allies to crack down on its northern neighbor’s alleged illicit activities could anger Pyongyang.
Earlier this year, a panel of UN experts highlighted in a report that the North Korea continues to steal hundreds of millions of dollars from financial institutions and companies and cryptocurrency exchanges, illicit money that is a major source of funding for their nuclear and missile programs.
Tension on the peninsula is currently reaching unprecedented levels due to weapons tests by North Korea, maneuvers by allies and the possibility that, according to evidence collected by satellites, Kim Jong-un’s regime is prepared to carry out a first nuclear test since 2017.
The North Korean president assured last Friday that he will use the atomic bomb in case of a nuclear attack against his country.