The powerful younger sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has just issued a terrifying threat to South Korea that has the entire world on edge.
The New York Post reported that Kim Yo Jong spoke out on Saturday to slam South Korea as “the enemy” and to warn that they would soon see the collapse of a “useless” inter-Korean liaison office at the border. She added that North Korea’s military is currently figuring out how to retaliate against South Korean activists who she claims have been sending anti-Pyongyang pamphlets across the border.
“By exercising my power authorized by the supreme leader, our party and the state, I gave an instruction to the arms of the department in charge of the affairs with enemy to decisively carry out the next action,” she explained in a statement that was released by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.
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“If I drop a hint of our next plan the (South Korean) authorities are anxious about, the right to taking the next action against the enemy will be entrusted to the General Staff of our army,” Kim added. “Our army, too, will determine something for cooling down our people’s resentment and surely carry out it, I believe.”
Kim, who is first vice department director of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Committee, has been steadily gaining power in recent years and was even rumored to be her brother’s successor when rumors swirled that he was in poor heath back in April.
Ramon Pacheco Pardo, lecturer in international relations at King’s College London, speculated that Kim was trying to raise tensions with South Korea to distract her nation’s people from the coronavirus pandemic. While North Korea has reported no cases of COVID-19, experts have questioned this claim.
“It makes sense for Kim Yo Jong to lead, or be seen as leading, these increasing tensions. This way she can show that she will be tough with South Korea if necessary,” he said, later adding, “It makes sense for North Korea to focus on raising tensions with South Korea, at least until we know the outcome of the U.S. November election and we can see what type of dynamic relations between Washington and Pyongyang will follow next year.”
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