Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, stated that South Korea’s president should “shut his mouth” after stressing that his country was willing to provide economic aid in return for nuclear disarmament.
“It would have been more favorable for his image to shut his mouth,” Kim Yo Jong said on Friday in a statement released by the state news agency KCNA, calling Yoon “really simple and still childish” to think that he could trade-economic cooperation for the North’s honor and nuclear weapons.
“No one barters its destiny for corn cake,” she added.
In response, South Korea’s Unification Minister, who handles relations with the North, called Kim’s comments “very disrespectful and indecent.”
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has previously affirmed that he is willing to provide phased economic aid to the North if it ended nuclear weapons development and began denuclearisation.
On Wednesday a U.S. State Department spokesman said Washington supports Yoon’s policies, but Kim indicated that the joint drills show that the allies’ talk of diplomacy is insincere.
“We make it clear that we will not sit face to face with him,” she said of Yoon.
Last April, Kim slammed South Korea’s defence minister for talking about preemptive strikes on the North, calling him a “scum-like guy”.
“The senseless and scum-like guy dare mention a preemptive strike at a nuclear weapons state,” she said in a statement carried by state media. “South Korea may face a serious threat owing to the reckless remarks made by its defense minister.”