June 16, 2020 12:58
North Korea's official mouthpieces on Monday continued to threaten South Korea even as the South mutedly celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first inter-Korean summit.
There was no mention of the anniversary in the North Korean state media, which instead foamed at the mouth about South Korean activists who send helium balloons carrying propaganda leaflets across the border.
Threatening to "retaliate with continuous actions until the end," the North's official Rodong Sinmun daily called the South Korean government's plan to crack down on the activists "nothing but a deceptive tactic aimed at averting a crisis."
"The South Korean government can never escape from responsibility for helping profane the highest dignity [meaning leader Kim Jong-un] and causing a total rupture in cross-border relations, but must pay duly for it," it fumed.
According to the daily, the summer's first expedition to a revolutionary site in Mt. Baekdu was launched in Pyongyang last Friday.
The group treks began last winter, and a total of 56,000 people had reportedly scaled the mountain by April after Kim rode a white horse up it in a "Game of Thrones" style photo op.
Kim himself kept above the fray and sent a thank-you letter to construction workers for refurbishing a museum in Pyongyang. There were no accompanying pictures.
He has remained in the background in recent weeks while his sister Yo-jong carried the heft of anti-South Korean histrionics, threatening to demolish the inter-Korean liaison office in Kaesong as well as unspecified military action.
- Copyright © Chosunilbo & Chosun.com