Kim Jong-un’s sister makes insulting threats against Seoul over sanctions

SEOUL: The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has attacked south Korea faced a barrage of insults on Thursday as it considered new unilateral sanctions against the North, calling its president and government “idiots” and “a wild dog on the run gnawing on a bone given to it by the US”.
Kim Yo Jong’s diatribe came two days after South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said it was considering additional sanctions. North Korea in connection with recent missile tests.
The ministry said it would also consider taking action against North Korea’s alleged cyberattacks, which are seen as a major new source of funding for its weapons program should it launch a major provocation such as a nuclear test.
“I wonder what kind of sanctions the South Korean group will impose on North Korea other than a runaway wild dog gnawing on a bone given by the US,” Kim Yo-cheng said in a statement on state media. “What a magnificent sight!”
He called South Korea’s conservative President Yoon Suk Yeol and his administration “idiots who continue to create a dangerous situation.”
He added that South Korea “wasn’t 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 an attempt to fuel anti-Yoon sentiment in South Korea.
“We once again warn the brazen and foolish that the US and its South Korean thugs’ desperate sanctions and pressure against (North Korea) will fuel its hostility and anger, and they will act as a noose for them,” Kim Yo 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 intelligence agency says he is the second most powerful man in North Korea after his brother and manages relations with South Korea and the United States.
Although it is not the first time that Kim Yo Jong has used harsh words against South Korea, it is expected to further increase military tensions on the Korean Peninsula, given that North Korea is in charge of relations with South Korea and has certain influence over the North Korean military. Cheong Seong-Chang, an analyst at the private Sejong Institute in South Korea.
South Korea quickly responded to Kim Yo Jong’s insults to Yoon, saying it was “very sad that he insulted our head of state with rude, substandard words and showed no basic forms of etiquette.”
Seoul’s unification ministry said in a statement that it strongly condemned what it called “its impure attempt to incite anti-government struggles and undermine our system” in South Korea.
Last month, South Korea imposed its own sanctions against 15 North Korean individuals and 16 entities suspected of involvement in illegal activities to finance North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.
These were Seoul’s first unilateral sanctions against North Korea in five years, but experts say they were largely symbolic because there are few financial deals between the two Koreas.
But observers say Seoul’s attempts to coordinate with the United States and others to counter North Korea’s alleged illicit cyber activities could anger North Korea and damage its funding of its weapons programs.
Earlier this year, a UN panel of experts said in a report that North Korea had stolen hundreds of millions of dollars from financial institutions, cryptocurrency firms and exchanges.
North Korea has been subject to 11 rounds of UN sanctions since 2006 for nuclear and missile tests.
But the UN Security Council failed to pass new sanctions against North Korea this year over its banned ballistic missile launches because of opposition from China and Russia, which are at odds with the US, the council’s two veto-wielding members. .
North Korea is resorting to cybercrime and clandestine ship-to-ship transfers of goods to evade UN sanctions, South Korea’s foreign ministry said Thursday.
Spokesman Lim Soosuk said Kim Yo Jong’s strong reaction to the South’s consideration of possible unilateral sanctions proves that North Korea is seriously considering such steps.
He said South Korea will consider the consequences of illegal ship-to-ship transfers if North Korea conducts its first nuclear test 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 broke down in early 2019 over how much sanctions relief North Korea should offer in return for limited denuclearization steps.
Kim Yo Jong warned on Tuesday that the United States would face a “deadlier security crisis” after the United States test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the entire mainland of the northern United States. “a dog barking in fear.”
North Korea is known for its colorful, crude personal attacks on the leaders of South Korea and the United States.
He called former South Korean presidents Lee Myung-bak and Park Geun-hye a “rat” and a “whore” respectively, while describing former US president Donald Trump as a “mentally deranged American scoundrel”.
In March 2021, while Moon was still in office, Kim Yo Jong called him an “American-bred parrot.”