The sister of Kim Jong-un, Kim Yo-jong, declared she would “retaliate with continuous action until I see the end” after actions from Seoul which the regime called “blasphemous”. In a firebrand statement released by the totalitarian state’s official newspaper, The Rodong Sinmun, the regime denounced the actions organised by refugees from the reclusive state. The statement said sending the food aid and information leaflets was a “blasphemy against our highest dignity is the blasphemy against the whole people and the blasphemy against the most precious things we deserve”.
The diatribe went on to say, “We have the iron will to ruthlessly crush those who touched our highest dignity.”
Kim Jong un’s despotic administration has held the South Korean authorities responsible for the action and has threatened retaliation of the highest order.
The statement released through North Korea news outlet was released at the same time as a further statement from the regime’s second in command, the sister of Kim Jong un.
She said: “I feel it is high time to surely break with the South Korean authorities.
Kim Yo jong of North Korea
A North Korean border guard
“We will soon take the next action.
“Rubbish must be thrown into the dustbin.”
North Korea is livid at the actions of the defectors and to mark its displeasure it has in the past week severed inter-Korean hotlines and is threatening to close a liaison office between the two governments.
They then questioned the intelligence of their South Korean adversaries by stating, “the South Korean authorities at the still don’t know what they did or what they got wrong”.
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A North Korean border guard
Last week, Pyongyang said it would cut off all official communications channels with Seoul and threatened to scrap an inter-Korean military agreement meant to reduce tensions.
In a cryptic statement late Saturday, Kim Yo-jong vowed her country would make a move that suggested would be carried out by the country’s military.
Kim Yo-jong, in the state-run Korean Central News Agency, said: “By exercising my power authorised 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 the enemy to decisively carry out the next action.”
It was the most direct threat yet during North Korea’s recent effort to unilaterally raise tensions with the South.
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Some analysts say North Korea appears to be laying the groundwork for a significant provocation, possibly in an attempt to gain economic or other concessions from South Korea.
Chad O’Carroll, CEO of Korea Risk Group, which produces the influential NK News website said: “If North Korea hopes a new inter-Korean crisis can bring about a rapid and significant change in Seoul’s approach in a way that could lead to large-scale economic aid to Pyongyang, for example, it may feel a major escalation of tensions is the only way.”
This month, Kim Jong-un’s sister has stepped more into the limelight in North Korea.
She has taken aim particularly at North Korean defectors in the South, in a move to frighten any other citizen who wishes to escape the regime’s clutches.
North Korean rocket
There has been a concerted effort to float anti-regime leaflets across the border for many years.
These actions are usually carried out by South Korean based charities that don’t have official instruction by the government.
In recent months South Korea’s left-leaning government has desperately wanted to improve ties with the North.
It has tried to placate Pyongyang’s concerns by vowing to legislate a formal ban on such launches.
Murals of the Kim’s from the border
It has even intervened in cracking down on groups sending the leaflets.
At present, Seoul is attempting to move ahead with inter-Korean economic and other projects.
However, these have been held back by international sanctions on North Korea’s nuclear program.
But despite those steps, North Korea has continued its rhetoric against Seoul.
There have even been rallies in Pyongyang to protest the leaflet launches, even considering the launches carry food for desperately poor North Korean people.