The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has described South Korea’s president and government as “idiots” and a “faithful dog” of the United States, state media reported Thursday.
Kim Yo Jong’s vitriol follows Seoul this week, saying it was considering new unilateral sanctions against the north over recent missile tests, including an intercontinental ballistic missile launch last week.
“This disgusting act more clearly shows that the South Korean group is a ‘loyal dog’ and stooge of the US,” Kim said in a statement from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
“I wonder what ‘sanctions’ the South Korean group, no more than a wild dog running on a bone given by the US, is brazenly imposing on the DPRK,” she said, using the abbreviation of the official name of the North. “What a spectacle!”
Pyongyang always refers to South Korea with a lowercase “s”, a clear sign of disrespect.
Kim accused South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol of creating a “dangerous situation” and compared him unfavorably to his more lenient predecessor Moon Jae-in, under whom, she said, Seoul “was not our target”.
“I wonder why the South Korean people still remain a passive spectator of such acts by the ‘government’ of Yoon Suk Yeol and other idiots,” she said.
North Korea tends to make statements before carrying out a provocation, said Professor Yang Moo-jin of the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, adding: “An armed demonstration against South Korea may soon Korea and the United States.”
Friday’s ICBM launch was the latest in a record-breaking blitz of recent launches in Pyongyang, and officials and analysts in Seoul and Washington have warned they could culminate in a seventh nuclear test.
North Korea has a long history of colorful personal attacks on foreign leaders, and analysts have often noted that the country does not use “diplomatic language”.
“Basically, they can’t talk well about the countries they see as enemies,” said Go Myong-hyun, a researcher at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
Before US President Joe Biden was nominated as a candidate, Pyongyang called him “a rabid dog” who “should be beaten to death with a stick” and referred to his predecessor Donald Trump as a “mentally disturbed American dotard”.
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