Seoul – The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday called the southern president an “America-raised parrot” after criticizing a missile test by Pyongyang.
The nuclear-weaponized North has long used weapons testing to escalate tensions and last week carried out its first substantive provocation since the inauguration of US President Joe Biden.
The United States and Japan said the fired weapons were ballistic missiles – banned under a UN Security Council resolution – while Pyongyang insisted they were tactically guided weapons.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has long supported engagement with Pyongyang, delivered a carefully measured speech on Friday – when the South marked three deadly attacks from the North since 1999 – that did not specifically refer to the test of missile.
Actions that prevent the resumption of dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington are “undesirable,” he said.
His speech sparked the denunciation of Pyongyang, with Kim Yo Jong, a key adviser to his brother, calling it the “height of effrontery”.
She had been “speechless,” she said in a statement released by the official Korean Central News Agency, referring to Moon only as “managing director” of the South and not by name or position. title.
Calling him “an America-raised parrot” she said he used “US gangster logic”
It’s a far cry from the diplomacy of 2018, when Moon went to Pyongyang and gave a speech to a large crowd in the May 1 stadium, where at one point an image of him and Kim Jong Un was displayed. on a platform.
The Biden administration is in the final stages of a review of policy towards the North, and the new US president has repeatedly said he will seek to rebuild alliances with partners such as South Korea who suffered under his predecessor, Donald Trump.
Biden warned the North that “there will be answers if they choose to step up” testing.
He left the door open for further diplomacy, but the White House said on Monday that a summit between him and Kim was “not his intention.”
European members of the UN Security Council have called for a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the launch.
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