Kim Jong Un Is MIA. His Sister Is on the Attack.
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SEOUL - The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is at the center of an escalating and very evil campaign against South Korea.
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While Numero Uno Kim Jong Un is out of sight, 32-year-old Kim Yo Jong calls Seoul to punish Seoul.
The immediate cause of her orchestrated anger is the success that defectors in the south have had with balloons to hand out leaflets in Kim Jong Unland that contain persistent messages about his alleged illness, his tremendous human rights abuses, and the general poverty of the North Korean people compared to those luxurious lifestyles of the elite.
"I would like to ask the South Korean authorities whether they are willing to deal with the consequences of the evil behavior of the garbage-like mongrel dogs," she said, and "detest those who pretend ignorance or encourage more." than those who move to harm others. "
A later report from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's northern news agency said: "The South Korean authorities have participated in the hostile acts against the DPRK" and accused Seoul of "evading" heavy responsibility with bad excuses. "
The Korean North Central News Agency cited Kim Yo Jong and Kim Yong Chol as the numbers that decided to break the fragile ties that the leaders of the two Koreas had previously agreed on. As a result, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in's dream of reconciling seems to hover over the horizon.
North Korea not only ignores Moon's requests for dialogue, but also cuts off channels that Moon proudly set up after meeting Kim for a milestone in Panmunjom, a truce village, more than two years ago.
Daily communications between north and south via telephone links between liaison officers, once celebrated as symbols of reconciliation, have apparently ended at the command of Kim Yo Jong, although there is little doubt that the older brother supports them.
In her capacity as the first deputy head of department of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party, she and deputy party leader Kim Yong Chol decided that there was "nothing to be discussed" with the South Korean "authorities".
The fact that she played a leading role in the decision, despite her low formal title, clearly suggests that she acts as a proxy for her brother, the party leader, who has given her far-reaching responsibilities while remaining out of sight.
She now appears to have real control over Kim Yong Chol, a former high-ranking intelligence officer and negotiator who lost influence after failing to lift sanctions in three meetings between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, although the North had avoided giving up Nuclear program.
The KCNA report on communication interruption was furious against the south, although President Moon's name was not mentioned.
Seoul's "authorities involved in hostile acts against the DPRK," initials for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, were said to accuse the South Koreans of "malicious and cunning behavior."
South Korean officials were unsure how to react. They remained silent about the limit, but promised to introduce laws that would make the balloon's launch illegal. The South Department of Unification said it also filed charges against two defector groups who sent things to North Korea without permission. The balloons often carry US dollar bills and South Korean candy bars as a reminder of the good life south of the DMZ.
On a practical level, the interruption of pro forma farewell talks and sporadic visits to an underused but sparkling liaison office that South Korea had set up in the closed industrial complex in Kaesong next to Panmunjom had almost no meaning. But Moon had high hopes of building on these beginnings and opening up north-south trade and regular visits to an extent that has not been seen since the Korean War.
Judging by the severity of North Korean rhetoric, renewed dialogue between South and North does not appear likely in the foreseeable future, and all hopes that Kim Yo Jong will mitigate her brother's approach appear to be given the role she plays at the center of the Stalemate plays out of place. In fact, she could be even tougher than her brother, who suffers from the effects of diabetes caused by obesity, heavy drinking, and smoking.
The use of the word "enemy" when referring to the south contributed to concerns about northern rhetoric. The KCNA report on communication disruption said that Kim Yo Jong and Kim Yong Chol "emphasized that working south should thoroughly become work against the enemy."
The two "gradually discussed plans," the report says, "to make the traitors and the rabble pay for their crimes." In this sense, it was said, they "instructed to completely cut off all communication and connection lines between the north and the south". (North Korea, which considers all of Korea, North, and South as one country, uses the lowercase letters in "North and" South.)
None of the reports specifically attacked Moon or other South Korean leaders, leaving little chance that give and take could be possible, but the impact was worrying.
"South Koreans have been sending leaflets through the DMZ for many years," said David Straub, a former senior diplomat at the US Embassy in Seoul and at the State Department's Korea desk. "So it's clear that North Korea's complaints about it." They are just an excuse for something else that they have in mind. "
One of the "riffraffs" Kim Yo Jong detests is Ji Seong-ho, who lost his leg in an attempt to leave North Korea when he finally escaped. Ji, who was elected to the South Korean National Assembly last month, firmly believes in leaflets bombarding North Korea.
"The distribution of leaflets to North Korea is a human rights problem that safeguards North Koreans' right to know," he argues. "The leaflet distribution campaign to North Korea is a human rights movement recognized by the international community." It is about “informing North Koreans who are oppressed by the hereditary dictatorship of the North and who are trampling on their human rights. We have to save our compatriots. "
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