April 06, 2022 13:25
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's younger sister Yo-jong has resurfaced to threaten to "exterminate" the South Korean military with a "nuclear attack" in a war.
It was the frankest expression yet who North Korea's nuclear arms are aimed at. Until recently, the regime maintained that its nuclear arsenal is deterring a U.S. nuclear attack, calling it a "treasured sword."
But in a statement carried by the official Rodong Sinmun daily on Tuesday, Kim Yo-jong said, "If South Korea, for any reason -- whether or not it is blinded by misjudgment -- opts for such military action as 'preemptive strike'... the situation will change. In that case, South Korea itself will become a target."
She was responding to South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook, who warned last week of South Korea's capability to take a preemptive strike against the North if there is any indication of the North firing missiles toward the South.
"In case South Korea adopts military confrontation against us, our nuclear combat forces are inevitably obliged to carry out its mission," Kim fumed. "If the situation develops to such an extent, terrible attack would be mounted and the South Korean army would have no other choice but to suffer tragic lot of extermination."
But she claimed North Korea is at bottom devoted to peace. "'Preemptive strike' on a nuclear state is a wild dream. We definitely clarify once again that we won't fire any single shot at South Korea as we do not regard it as the opponent of our armed forces," she said.
In fact the North has killed and maimed more than 50 South Korean soldiers and civilians through provocations in the last decade or so, including the sinking of the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan in March 2010, the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island in November 2010, and the scattering of box mines in the demilitarized zone in August 2015.
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