SEOUL: Powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attacked South On Thursday, Korea chained insults for considering new unilateral sanctions against the North, calling its president and government “idiots” and a “wild dog gnawing on a bone donated by the United States”.
Kim Yo Jong’s rant came two days after South Korea’s foreign ministry said it was considering additional sanctions against North Korea on its recent barrage of missile tests.
The ministry said it would also consider taking action against alleged cyberattacks by North Korea – seen as a key new source of funding for its weapons program – if the North proceeds with a major provocation such as a nuclear test.
“I wonder what sanctions the South Korean group, no more than a wild dog gnawing on a bone donated by the United States, will brazenly impose on North Korea,” Kim Yo Jong said in a released statement. by state media. “What a sight to see!”
She called conservative South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and his administration “idiots who continue to create a dangerous situation”.
She added that South Korea “was not 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 foster anti-Yoon sentiment in South Korea.
“We once again warn the impudent and the stupid that the sanctions and the desperate pressure of the United States and its South Korean cronies against (North Korea) will fuel the hostility and anger of the latter and will serve them noose,” said Kim Yo. Jong said.
Kim Yo Jong’s official title is deputy department director of the ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee in the North.
But the South Korean spy agency claims she is the second most powerful person in the North after her brother and handles relations with South Korea and the United States.
Although this is not the first time that Kim Yo Jong has used crude invective against South Korea, North Korea is expected to further escalate military tensions on the Korean peninsula given that it is in charge of relations with Korea. South and has some influence on the North’s military, said analyst Cheong Seong-Chang at the private Sejong Institute in South Korea.
South Korea was quick to hit back at Kim Yo Jong’s insults towards Yoon, saying it is “very deplorable for her to denounce our head of state with crude and substandard words and not to show any elementary form of label”.
Seoul’s Unification Ministry said in a statement that it strongly condemned what it called “his impure attempt to incite anti-government struggles and shake up our system” in South Korea.
Last month, South Korea imposed its own sanctions on 15 North Korean individuals and 16 organizations suspected of involvement in illicit activities to fund North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.
They were Seoul’s first unilateral sanctions against North Korea in five years, but experts say they were largely symbolic because the two Koreas have little financial relationship with each other.
But observers say Seoul’s efforts to coordinate with the United States and others to crack down on North Korea’s alleged illicit cyber activities could anger North Korea and hurt funding for its weapons programs.
Earlier this year, a UN panel of experts said in a report that North Korea was stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from financial institutions and cryptocurrency companies and exchanges.
North Korea has been under 11 rounds of United Nations sanctions over its nuclear and missile tests since 2006.
But the UN Security Council failed to pass new sanctions against North Korea over its series of banned ballistic missile launches this year due to opposition from China and Russia, two members of the council with veto power who are locked in clashes with the United States. .
South Korea’s foreign ministry said on Thursday that North Korea is turning to cybercrime and covert ship-to-ship transfers of unauthorized goods as a way to evade those UN sanctions.
Spokesman Lim Soosuk said Kim Yo Jong’s strong reaction to the South’s consideration of possible unilateral sanctions proves that North Korea cares deeply about such measures.
He said South Korea would consider exposing North Korea to the consequences of illicit ship-to-ship transfers if it conducted a nuclear test, which would be the first in five years.
North Korea has repeatedly said that UN sanctions, along with regular US military exercises with South Korea, are proof of US hostility to the North.
US-led diplomacy over North Korea’s nuclear program collapsed in early 2019 over differences over the amount of sanctions North Korea should receive in exchange for limited denuclearization steps.
Kim Yo Jong warned on Tuesday that the United States would face ‘a deadlier security crisis’ as it pushes for UN condemnation of the recent North American test of an intercontinental ballistic missile potentially capable of striking the entire continental United States. She compared the United States to “a dog barking in fear.”
North Korea is known for its raw and colorful personal attacks on South Korean and American leaders.
He called former South Korean presidents Lee Myung-bak and Park Geun-hye respectively a “rat” and a “prostitute”, while describing former US President Donald Trump as “a mentally deranged American moron”.
In March 2021, while Moon was still in office, Kim Yo Jong called him “a parrot raised by America.”

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