As part of a campaign, which has been going on since 2004, defectors have been dropping leaflets opposing the current regime into the nation using hydrogen balloons. Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea’s Supreme leader Kim Jong-un, has labelled the rebels ‘human scum’.
In the state-owned newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, Ms Jong said: “I would like to ask the South Korean authorities if they are ready to take care of the consequences of evil conduct done by the rubbish-like mongrel dogs who took no scruple to slander us while faulting the ‘nuclear issue’ in the meanest way at the most untimely time.
“I detest those who feign ignorance or encourage more than those who move to do others harm.”
She went on to call the defectors as “human scum little short of wild animals who betrayed their own homeland”.
Although Kim Jong-un remains the Supreme Leader of North Korea, a number of actions have been carried out by his sister over the past two months due to rumours of his ill health.
The move is unprecedented in the hermit state’s history and in the past officials have been executed if it appeared they had disobeyed their leader.
Recently, tensions with South Korea have escalated after they announced a plan to look into two groups of defectors that have sent aid and propaganda leaflets to their former home nation.
In response, Kim Yo-jong stated that “an instruction” was given to the department in charge of affairs with the “enemy” for them to “decisively carry out the next action”.
According to some, this aggression may be an attempt to cover up other problems in the state including suspicions about the health of their leader, famine or even coronavirus cases.
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Despite this, in carefully crafted photographs released from the regime Kim Yo-jong was decorated with the same attire and jewellery as her brother – which could indicate her power and influence.
Mr Mikul claimed she has been portrayed as his “right hand woman” and allowed way more power than anyone else – typically international affairs are dealt with by the Supreme Leader alone.
Many speculate his sister would be next in line to serve as well as his uncle.
However, recent reports have said that Kim Yo Jong will have no chance of taking over the reins as North Korea’s leader, as the country would perceive her takeover an “insult” to democracy.
A source previously told North Korean online newspaper Daily NK: “Kim Yo Jong essentially has no chance of taking over the reins given that she is not considered a ‘real’ successor to Kim Jong Un.
“If Kim Yo Jong gained power, this would be an insult to the people (in other words, the people would not accept her taking over power),” The insider added.
It is has been reported that the people of North Korea expect a leader who is “capable” and has “presence”.
Kim rose to power back in 2012 and during that time he constructed a large building in the Wonsan complex where he could be hiding.
Reports in April revealed the compound features nine guesthouses, a recreation centre and a shooting range.
US Senator Lindsey Graham fuelled reports of his death while speaking to Fox News who called for the new North Korean leader to work with ‘President Trump to make North Korea a better place for everybody’.