On Thursday, Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, made insulting threats against South Korea for considering unilateral sanctions on Pyongyang, calling the South's new president and his government "idiots."
Her diatribe came two days after South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said that it was reviewing additional unilateral sanctions on North Korea over its recent barrage of missile tests.
The ministry said it would also consider sanctions and clampdowns on North Korea’s alleged cyberattacks — a new key source of funding for its weapons program — if the North conducts a major provocation like a nuclear test.
“I wonder what ‘sanctions’ the South Korean group, no more than a running wild dog gnawing on a bone given by the U.S., impudently impose on North Korea,” Kim Yo Jong said in a statement carried by state media. “What a spectacle sight!”
She described the new conservative South Korean President Yoon Sok Yeol and his administration officials as "idiots who continue to create a dangerous situation."
Kim Yo Jong added that South Korea was "not our target" when Moon Jae-in - Yoon's liberal predecessor who sought reconciliation with North Korea - was in power. It could be seen as a possible attempt to help boost anti-Yoon sentiment in South Korea.
“We warn the impudent and stupid once again that the desperate sanctions and pressure of the U.S. and its South Korean stooges against (North Korea) will add fuel to the latter’s hostility and anger and they will serve as a noose for them,” Kim Yo Jong said.