This past Tuesday, North Korea finally issued its first official statement directed at the new Biden administration. This comes as members of the United States government arrived in Asia, telling the U.S. to “refrain from causing a stink at its first step.”
Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, boldly issued a warning to the United States as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in Asia for meetings with authorities in South Korea and Japan. They are reportedly having gatherings on Tuesday in Tokyo and Seoul on Wednesday.
“We take this opportunity to warn the new U.S. administration trying hard to give off (gun) powder smell in our land,” Kim Yo Jong said. “If it wants to sleep in peace for coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step.”
The Associated Press reported that Kom Yo Jong’s statement had been published in Pyongyang’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper. She used the platform to speak out against South Korea and the United States for its continued military drills this month. This past week, the two allies began their procedures for military drills. These drills are done annually and do not take place in the field, and are commonly only command post exercises or computer-simulated.
“(War drills) and hostility can never go with dialogue and cooperation.” -Kim Yo Jong
A spokesperson from South Korea’s Defense Ministry, Boo Seung-chan, stated that the military work was solely defensive and asked for North Korea to display a more “flexible attitude” that could move the region toward peace. According to the Associated Press, “He said the South’s military wasn’t detecting any unusual signs of military activity from the North.”
The New York Times reported that she also said that South Korea’s diplomatic desires were “ridiculous, impudent, and stupid.” She added that relations between the two warring countries would only get worse due to the fact that Seoul had crossed a “red line.”
“War drill and hostility can never go with dialogue and cooperation,” she said. “They are about to bring a biting wind, not warm wind expected by all, in the spring days of March.”
In addition to all of this, Kom Yo Jong also declared that North Korea might leave the 2018 bilateral agreement it had made to lessen military hostility and also potentially disband it Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country that specialized on inter-Korean relations, saying that it “has no reason for existence.”
AP reported: “She said the North would also consider scrapping an office that handled South Korean tours to the North’s scenic Diamond Mountain, which Seoul suspended in 2008 after a North Korean guard fatally shot a South Korean tourist.”
This is the first official statement from North Korea to the Biden administration. We now need to watch closely to see how the Biden administration responds to this and pay special attention to the upcoming press conference to be given by Biden on March 25th.