Kim Jong Un threatens sister S Korea with military action

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Bilateral relations are deteriorating and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's powerful sister has threatened military action against South Korea, threatening her inability to stop operatives crossing the Pyongyang border.

Kim Yo Jong, who described South Korea as an "enemy", reaffirmed an earlier threat, saying that the "useless" inter-Korean liaison office in the border city of Kaesong would soon collapse.

Kim, who was the first deputy director of the central committee of the ruling Workers Party, said it would be up to North Korean military leaders to take the next step in retaliating against the South.

"By using my authority as the supreme leader, our party and the state, I have instructed the Department to take decisive action," she said in a statement to the North Korean official's Central News Agency.

"As far as I am concerned about our next plan (of South Korea) officials, we have the right to take further action against the enemy. "Our army will also do something to appease the resentment of our people and will certainly fulfill it, I believe."

Kim's harsh rhetoric has driven North Korea to a higher level. Already seen as the most powerful woman in the country and closest to her brother, state media recently confirmed she was responsible for relations with South Korea.

The liaison office in Kaesong, which has been closed since January due to coronavirus concerns, is set to be established at three summits in 2018, one of the major deals between Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The Moon government has worked hard to establish a nuclear summit between Kim and President Donald Trump, which has met three times since 2018. At the same time, Moon has also worked to improve inter-Korean relations.

But North Korea has halted all cooperation with the South in recent months, expressing frustration over the lack of progress in nuclear talks with the Trump administration.

Last week, the North announced it would cut off all government and military communications in the South, and threatened to pull out major inter-Korean peace agreements signed by its leaders in 2018.

They include a joint military agreement with Korea to mitigate traditional military threats, such as establishing border buffers and no-fly zones. He also eliminated some front-line guard positions and jointly surveyed the waterway near its western boundary in an unrealistic plan that would allow independent civilian navigation.

In a statement earlier last week, Kim Yo Jong said he would withdraw the northern military pact, calling it a "pamphlet" by calling North Korean defectors "not worth it", "human scum" and "mongrel dogs from the south."

A senior North Korean Foreign Ministry official said after his remarks on Saturday that Seoul should abandon its "nonsense" debate about the decentralization of the North, that his country will continue to expand its military capabilities so that he is viewed as a threat from the United States. .

In response to North Korea's anger over the pamphlets, the South Korean government said it would charge two security groups protesting at the border.

The South said it would activate new legislation to prohibit the flight of activists across the border, but criticized whether the Moon government would meet its ambitions for inter-Korean engagement. Leaving the principles of democracy.

Over the years, activists have flown giant balloons in North Korea carrying pamphlets breaking human rights records, defying Kim Jong Un's nuclear ambitions and criticism. The removal of the leaves has sometimes provoked a serious reaction from North Korea, preventing efforts to undermine its leadership.

Although Seoul has occasionally sent police officers to prevent activists at sensitive times, North Korea has called for a ban on their past, saying they are exercising their freedom. Activists have pledged to continue with the balloon launch.

Analysts say North Korea's fight isn't just about leaves.

The North has a record of putting pressure on the South when it does not get what it wants from the United States. After months of frustration with Seoul's refusal to postpone sanctions and restart joint economic projects, its threats to abandon inter-Korean agreements have come to light.

Some experts say that North Korea, which mobilized the masses to condemn the mass demonstrations, is deliberately stopping the South to mobilize its people and divert attention from the bad economy, which is likely: the COVID-19 worsened during the pandemic.

Although the weapons test is an easy prediction, it is not clear what kind of military action will take place over the North and South. Kim Dong-yub, an analyst with the Seouls Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said North Korea could "make some plans" near the contentious West Sea border, which has led to bloody conflicts over the years.

Kim Jong Un's second summit with Trump in Vietnam last February halted nuclear talks, with the US rejecting North Korea's demands for relief from major sanctions rather than a partial surrender of nuclear capabilities.

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