Kim Yo-jong, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, also called South Korean President Jun Sok-yol “and other idiots” “loyal dogs” of the United States in a statement, according to state news agency KCNA.
South Korea’s foreign ministry announced on Tuesday that it is reviewing the imposition of additional sanctions against Pyongyang. For example, it is considering cyberspace sanctions.
North Korea has conducted a record number of missile tests this year, and tensions on the Korean Peninsula have risen significantly in recent months. The DPRK has also passed a law authorizing the preemptive use of nuclear weapons in various situations. But experts still doubt that, given the strength of the US and South Korean militaries, Pyongyang could be the first to use nuclear weapons. North Korea has said the series of recent tests is a response to South Korean-US military exercises.
During the tests, we simulated attacks on US bases, the North Koreans said
“If they think they can escape the current dangerous situation with sanctions, they must be really idiots because they don’t know how to live in peace and comfort,” Kim Yo-jong said.
North Korea has tested various types of missiles this year, including an intercontinental ballistic missile. All such tests by Pyongyang are prohibited by UN resolutions. In May, the United States proposed in the UN Security Council to tighten sanctions against the DPRK, but the proposal was vetoed by Russia and China.
The DPRK tested a missile capable of hitting the US, a Japanese minister said