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Published : 14. June 2020 9:58:12
A visitor walks in front of a pointer indicating the distance to the North Korean city of Gae Seoul and the South Korean capital Seoul, near fences decorated with ribbons that contain messages that the two Koreas want to bring together in the Paju Imjinak pavilion, South Korea (AP).
The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said it was time to break off relations with the South Korean authorities, adding that the next action against the enemy would come from the army.
It is better to take a series of retaliatory measures than to make statements condemning South Korea’s behavior that could be misinterpreted or rejected, Kim Yo-jong told the official South Korean news agency on Saturday.
Garbage should be thrown in the trash, she said. In the exercise of my authority on behalf of the Supreme Leader, our party and the State, I have instructed the department responsible for dealing with the enemy to carry out the following actions with determination.
Kim Yo-jong made a statement on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is the anniversary of the first meeting of the high-ranking leaders of divided Korea. The summit, which took place on the 13th. The greatest moment in the reconciliation efforts of the then President Kim Dae-jung, which began on 1 June 2000, was that which led to more trade and joint projects and enabled the South Korean leader to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
While this Sunshine Policy has helped to ease tensions, it has also been criticized for providing North Korean leaders with the money they need to build their nuclear weapons program.
On Sunday morning, high South Korean national security officials met urgently by videoconference to discuss the current situation on the Korean peninsula and possible responses, said President Joon Jae Yin’s spokesman in a text message.
In a statement, the Ministry of Unification Affairs said it took the situation seriously and called on the North to respect inter-Korean agreements. The defence ministry said it supported firm military preparation, Yonhap News reported.
The last dust wave was caused by South Korean activists sending anti-Pyongyang messages across the border in balloons. This week North Korea cut the lines of communication set up two years ago with Seoul, accusing the country of allowing hostile action without arresting activists.
On Tuesday, for the first time since 2018, when North Korea restored inter-Korean communication, North Korea did not respond to South Korea’s military line.
South Korea said last week that anti-Korean pamphlets will be banned after Kim Yo-jong’s indictment. For more than a decade, millions of leaflets have crossed the border criticizing North Korean leaders, most recently when Kim Jong-un appeared less publicly than usual in recent weeks, leading to global speculation about his health.
I can explain: Why haven’t North and South Korea talked anymore?
Strengthening the law
Kim Jong-un’s recent remarks were aimed at strengthening his authority over the country’s government, said Bu Seung Chan, a former advisor to the South Korean Defence Minister.
North Korea is currently facing a complex political and economic challenge, said Bo, currently an associate professor at the Yonsei Institute of North Korean Studies in Seoul. And this undermines Kim Jong-un’s legitimacy to rule.
North Korean officials also attacked South Korea for failing to take a new decision on resuming negotiations on the nuclear issue, and said the country would continue to increase its armed forces to counter the so-called American threats.
If they want to negotiate with us, they will have to come to us after they have thought about it and found another way, said State Department official Kwon Jong Gun in a separate statement released Saturday by the KCNA. We will continue to develop our armed forces to respond to the ongoing threats from the United States, and those efforts are continuing.
The United States and North Korea are far apart when it comes to how we can achieve denuclearisation. As tensions between the two countries have increased, South Korea has offered its assistance in restoring dialogue, while promising to improve its own relations with North Korea.
North Korea claims that its nuclear weapons serve as a deterrent against the United States, and that Washington must relax its sanctions before denuclearisation can take place. The United States calls on North Korea to give up its arms ambitions before the restrictions are lifted.
On the second anniversary of the 2018 meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump, North Korean Secretary of State Ri Seong Gwon said the United States had broken their word and abandoned hopes of denuclearization.
Nothing is more hypocritical than a meaningless promise, said Ri in a report released Friday by the KCNA, adding that the United States has shown its commitment to the isolation and suffocation of North Korea.
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