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Kim Yo Jong, sister and right-hand man of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, told the president of South Korea to “shut his mouth” after he was offered financial support in exchange for a reduction in the North’s nuclear weapons.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has proposed a radical plan to bring North Korea into the international fold by offering economic aid and support to the population if the dictatorship begins to disarm their nuclear weapons stocks.
Kim Yo Jong responded nastily to the proposal, calling it “nonsense”.
“It would have been more favorable for his image to shut his mouth rather than talk nonsense because he had nothing better to say,” Kim Yo Jong said in a statement.
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“Nobody trades his fate for corn cake,” he mocked.
Kim Yo Jong has become internationally famous in recent years as a North Korean foreign affairs pit bull.
His blunt and forthright statements often contrast with his brother’s recent diplomatic approach to opposing nations.
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Kim Jong Un declared “victory” over the coronavirus on Thursday, although his sister announced that the North Korean leader was suffering from “high fever” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Kim blamed the South Korean outbreak and vowed to take revenge on their neighbor. Kim Yo Jong did not openly confirm that his brother had the virus, but said he was “seriously ill” and had a “high fever”.
“Even though he was seriously ill with a high fever, he couldn’t lie down for a moment thinking about the people he needed to care for until the end in the face of the epidemic war,” he told North Korean television.