Tuesday, 21 Sep 2021

Kim Jong-Un’s sister warns US and South Korea over ‘hostile’ military exercises

Kim Jong-Un's sister, Kim Yo-jong, has given a stark warning to the US and South Korea over their planned military drills later this month.

She has said North Korea will be watching closely to see if the annual "war exercises" take place and if they do they would damage North-South relations.

Yo-jong has warned not to hold the "aggressive" drills in a show of her rising power in the dictatorship.

She is known to be a trusted confidante of tubby tyrant Kim and her role on the political stage is growing.

Last month, relations between North and South Korea took a positive step when communication was reopened, writes The Mirror.

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But she said moves towards a better relationship could be undone.

"Our government and military will keep a close eye on whether the South Koreans go ahead with the aggressive war exercises, or make a big decision," Yo-jong said in a KCNA statement.

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South Korea and the US hold a military drill each year which they claim is for defence reasons.

The South's defence ministry spokesperson Boo Seung-Chan said the decision on whether the drills will go ahead will depend on the Covid situation.

Yo-jong said: "For some days I have been hearing an unpleasant story that joint military exercises between the South Korean army and the US forces could go ahead as scheduled.

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"I view this as an undesirable prelude which seriously undermines the will of the top leaders of the North and the South wishing to see a step taken toward restoring mutual trust and which further beclouds the way ahead of the North-South relations."

Rumours claim Yo-jong is seen as Kim's successor should he die before his son, aged 12, is old enough to become head of the state.

However, he feels that she may need to demonstrate political strength in order to be accepted by the North Korean ruling class.

Following Joe Biden being sworn in as US president earlier this year, Yo-jong sent a stark warning to him.

She said at the time: "We take this opportunity to warn the new US administration trying hard to give off powder smell in our land.

"If it wants to sleep in peace for coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step."

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