Kim Jong Un's Sister Calls South Korean Officials "Idiot"

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2021

North Korea watchers say the promotion may be aimed at boosting Kim's authority ahead of Biden's inauguration on January 20 as denuclearization talks with the United States remain deadlocked. Their diplomacy deteriorated after the collapse of their talks in Vietnam in February 2019, when the Americans rejected North Korea's demand for major sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.

It included more accurate long-range missiles, super large warheads, spy satellites and a nuclear-powered submarine.

Earlier in the eight-day congress - twice as long as the previous meeting in 2016 - Kim called the USA "the fundamental obstacle to the development of our revolution and our foremost principal enemy".

The congress is the top ruling party gathering, a grand political set-piece that reinforces the regime's authority and can serve as a platform for announcements of policy shifts or elite personnel changes. It had no updates on the country's leader Kim Jong Un, who was elected the party's general secretary on Sunday.

The North's economy is struggling in the face of its self-imposed coronavirus blockade, mismanagement and sanctions, and Kim repeatedly admitted at the meeting that mistakes had been made. "Why do they take trouble craning their neck to follow what's happening in the (North)?", Kim Yo Jong said.

Japan's top government spokesman on Tuesday condemned North Korea's development of nuclear weapons as "utterly unacceptable" after the reclusive country's leader Kim Jong Un vowed to continue expanding its arsenal.

The statement from Kim's sister indicated she is still handling the North's relations with South Korea, but KCNA referred her as a "vice department director" of the ruling party's Central Committee, indicating she had been demoted from her previous status as first vice department director.

The declaration was "senseless" and a demonstration of a "hostile attitude" by the South, she added.

"The southerners are a truly weird group that's hard to understand", she said, criticising South Korea's military intelligence for tracking the movements in Pyongyang, and disclosing that North Korea may have held what appeared to be a military parade Sunday night.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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