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October 26, 2021
Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, sent a warning last Tuesday to the Biden administration about increasing tensions between the United States and North Korea.
Kim Yo Jung issued this warning as U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met with Japanese and South Korean officials in Tokyo to discuss the denuclearization of North Korea and to try to cooperate more in Asian issues. Kim Yo Jung said, “We take this opportunity to warn the new U.S. administration trying hard to give off powder smell in our land. If it wants to sleep in peace for coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step.”
After decades worth of missiles and nuclear weapons tested and treaties that were created, broken, and withdrawn from, the tensions between North Korea and the United States continue to rise. Kim Yo Jong criticized the U.S. and South Korea for having military exercises, she also said North Korea will consider deserting a 2018 bilateral agreement on reducing military tensions and abolish a ruling party unit whose purpose is to handle North-South Korean relations if it no longer had to cooperate with South Korea. The 2018 agreement between North and South Korea requires the countries to take steps to reduce conventional military threats. The military exercises Kim Yo Jong referred to are the recent annual military exercises that started on March 8th and lasted for 9 days.
“The latest statement out of North Korea, while tame for the Kim regime, conveys a pretty simple message: Don’t forget about us or push us around – or else,” says Harry Kazianis, the senior director at the Center for the National Interest. “By the summer, I would not be shocked to see a new ICBM or even a nuclear test, if North Korea stuck to past historical trends. And that means another big showdown between a U.S. president and Kim Jong-un,” he adds. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken had this to say in a news conference Tuesday as well, “To reduce the risks of escalating, we reached out to the North Korean government channels, starting in mid-February, including in New York. To date we have not received a response from Pyongyang. This follows over a year without active dialogue with North Korea despite multiple attempts by the United States.”
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Fox Business on Sunday called on the Biden administration to maintain the economic restrictions placed on North Korea, “I hope that this administration will engage with North Korea with the same massive sanctions regime that we did, which put real pressure on Chairman Kim to come to the table. We made some good progress. We didn’t get all the way. We got them to cease long-range missile testing, a big deal for the United States of America and our security.”
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