Seoul, Apr 29 (EFE).- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister strongly criticized the military agreement signed this week between South Korea and the United States, which reinforces the mechanisms that commit Washington to help Seoul defend itself.
In an article published by state-run agency KCNA on Saturday, Kim Yo-Jong described the Washington Declaration signed this week by the South Korean and US presidents, Yoon Suk-yeol and Joe Biden, as “a typical product of their extreme anti-DPRK (North Korea’s official name) hostile policy reflecting the most hostile and aggressive will of action.”
“As such, it will only result in making peace and security of Northeast Asia and the world be exposed to more serious danger, and it is an act that can thus never be welcomed,” she said.
Kim, who is deputy director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department, said that the agreement, aimed at strengthening Washington’s commitment to extending deterrence and with a provision for US nuclear-armed submarines to dock in South Korea, “provides us with an environment in which we are compelled to take more decisive action in order to deal with the new security environment.”
“The more the enemies are dead set on staging nuclear war exercises, and the more nuclear assets they deploy in the vicinity of the Korean peninsula, the stronger the exercise of our right to self-defense will become in direct proportion to them,” Kim said.
Kim also launched a scathing attack on both Yoon and Biden.
Kim described Yoon as a fool, who is “so grateful for getting a nominal ‘declaration’ as an ‘offering’ from the US,” while also criticizing the remarks made by Biden, who in a joint press conference with the South Korean president warned that a Korean nuclear attack on the US or its allies “will result in the end of whatever regime were to take such an action.”
“It may be taken as a nonsensical remark from the person in his dotage…but when we consider that this expression was personally used by the president of the US, our most hostile adversary, it is threatening rhetoric for which he should be prepared for far too great an after-storm that will not be easy for us to deliver,” Kim said.
North Korea recently revealed its tactical nuclear warheads with which it can strike the South or Japan and recently tested a new, more efficient intercontinental ballistic missile with the potential to target the US.
Tension on the Korean Peninsula is at a high as Pyongyang is carrying out weapons tests at a record pace and the allies resumed major military drills that included the participation of US strategic assets such as nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and bombers. EFE