Kim Jong-un's Sister Threatens S.Korea over 'COVID Lie'

  • By Lee Yong-soo, Roh Suk-jo

    December 10, 2020 12:29

    Kim Yo-jong

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Yo-jong on Wednesday warned that South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will "pay dearly" for doubting the regime's claim that there are no coronavirus infections in North Korea.

    Kim Yo-jong, who has evolved into a hysterical attack dog on behalf of her brother, in a statement denounced South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha's "presumptuous remarks" and said the North will "never forget" them.

    Kang had cast mild doubt on the regime's implausible claim, saying at the Manama Dialogue, a security summit in Bahrain last week, that it "is hard to believe."

    She said the North has become "more North Korea -- that is, more closed, very top-down decision-making process where there is very little debate on their measures in dealing with COVID-19."

    "So, all signs are the regime is very intensely focused on controlling the disease that they say they do not have," Kang added.

    Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha delivers a speech at the Manama Dialogue in Bahrain on Dec. 6. /Yonhap

    But Kim was irate. "It can be seen from the reckless remarks made by her without any consideration of the consequences that she is too eager to further chill the frozen relations between the north and south of Korea," she said in the statement carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

    North Korea believes, not without reason, that the South Korean government is highly receptive to such threats because it has staked its reputation on pipe dreams of reconciliation with the crackpot regime.

    Kim Yo-jong, meanwhile, had been out of public view for a while, reportedly overseeing the North's recovery efforts after devastating floods. The National Intelligence Service told lawmakers last month that she assumed "a bigger role" in the regime and had become the de facto No. 2 to her brother.

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