Seoul, March 30 2021: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s influential sister slammed the South’s president Tuesday as “a parrot raised by America”.
The nuclear-armed North has a long history of using weapons tests to ramp up tensions, and last week carried out its first substantive provocation since US President Joe Biden’s inauguration. The latest tests were for ballistic missiles which are banned under a UN Security Council resolution.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has long backed engagement with Pyongyang, said such actions that stand in the way of resuming dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington were “undesirable”.
Kim Yo Jong, a key adviser to her brother, called it the “height of effrontery”. She had been “struck speechless”, she said in a statement.Calling him “a parrot raised by America”, she said he was employing “the gangster-like logic of the US”.
The Biden administration is in the final stages of a review on policy towards the North, and the new US president has repeatedly said he will look to rebuild the alliances with partners such as South Korea that suffered under his predecessor Donald Trump. Biden has warned the North that “there will be responses if they choose to escalate” testing. He left the door open for further diplomacy, but the White House said Monday a summit between him and Kim was “not his intention”. European members of the UN Security Council have asked for a meeting Tuesday to discuss the launch.
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