North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s influential sister has launched another verbal attack against South Korea for its monitoring of her country’s actions while it was on a rare party congress, including a military parade in Pyongyang.
In a statement published by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim Yo Jong on Wednesday slammed South Korea for its “hostile approach toward fellow countrymen in the North.”
She dubbed South’s intelligence officials as ‘idiots’ as they are closely spying on the move of Pyongyang during the party congress that closed on Tuesday.
During the congress, Kim laid down Pyongyang’s vision for its defense system which includes strengthening its nuclear arsenal to cope with U.S. “hostilities.”
“The southerners are a truly weird group that’s hard to understand,” Kim Yo Jong, as she revealed that the North may have conducted a military parade on Sunday night.
According to the report of KCNA, the leader’s sister questioned: “Why do they crane their necks to follow what’s happening in the North?”
The news outlet furthered that the leader’s sister is vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea. Previously, she has held the position as the first deputy director of the Central Committee of the WPK.
While the change in her position can be regarded as a demotion, Kim Yo Jong was dearly called by former leader Kim Jong Il as “Princess Yo Jong.” She is known to surpass posts in the party structure as she maintains direct bloodline members of the WPK.
Her condemnation has followed South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s request for cooperation between the two sides of Korea.
Moon reaffirmed his intention to reconcile with Pyongyang despite the recent issues, including the devastation of a liaison office last June.
The North Korean leader, also during the party congress, tagged the US as its “biggest main enemy”. President Kim said that he would do “everything” to bolster his country’s nuclear and military capabilities, as he presented a challenge to the US President-elect Joe Biden.
The KCNA said the North is set to gather its parliament, which is expected to lay down further hints on how the North will interact with Seoul and the US, on January 17.
North Korea has not yet broadcasted its military parade, after it aired a prepared program moments after an October parade. The state uses the parade as its venue to show off its weaponry over the years.