Kim Yo-Jong has attacked Seoul over declining bilateral relations and its inability to stop activists from dropping anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border. The 32-year-old sister of the North Korean dictator currently serves as vice director of of the United Front Department of the Workers’ Party of Korea. Kim Yo-Jong has made similar threats before and whilst describing South Korea as the ‘enemy’ she said Seoul will soon witness the collapse of a ‘useless’ inter-Korean liaison office.
North Korea’s military leaders are being left to carry out the next step of retaliation against the South, regarding the office, which is based in the border town of Kaesong.
She 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 enemy to decisively carry out the next action.”
“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.”
“Our army, too, will determine something for cooling down our people’s resentment and surely carry out it, I believe.”
The harsh rhetoric coming from Ms Kim only demonstrates the elevated status and power she holds amongst North Korean leaders.
When people started to question the disappearance of Kim Jong-Un last month, many speculated as to whether or not Kim Yo-Jong could be a potential successor for the Kim dynasty.
Already seen as the most powerful woman in the country and her brother’s closest confidant, state media recently confirmed that she is now in charge of relations with South Korea.
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Alongside which, they’ve expressed frustration over the lack of progress in its nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration.
The North has already this week threatened to ‘cut off’ all government and military communications with its southern counterpart.
This could potentially lead to Kim Jong-Un abandoning key inter-Korean peace agreements reached by their leaders in 2018.
It would include scrapping a military agreement in which Korean’s had committed to jointly take steps to reduce conventional military threats, such as establishing border buffers and no-fly zones.