And a third statement attributed to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong warned that South Korea would face consequences after North Korean deserters used balloons to send leaflets into territory. North Korean.
Biden and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, are expected to meet in Washington later this month.
North Korea’s statements were more focused on what it saw as insults from Biden, the State Department and the South Korean government, and all used the explosive language often seen in North Korean statements. Korean opposition or discontent.
Responding to the State Department’s comments on human rights in North Korea, the North Korean Foreign Ministry said that the United States “does not even have the right to discuss human rights. man”.
“The United States, where innocent people lose their lives every day due to social inequalities and racism, where 580,000 people have died from the novel coronavirus, is itself a wasteland of human rights.
Kwon Jong Gun, director general of the Department of US Affairs at the North Korean Foreign Ministry, said Biden’s remarks about North Korea in his speech were a “big blunder” which was a sign of ” outdated policy from the point of view and point of view of the Cold War. “
“His statement clearly reflects his intention to continue to apply the hostile policy towards the DPRK, as had been done by the United States for more than half a century,” Kwon said, using the acronym for North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “Now that the key rhetoric of the DPRK’s new US policy has become clear, we will be forced to push for corresponding measures, and in time the United States will find itself in a very serious situation.”
Kim’s statement came in response to an activist organization led by a North Korean defector threw balloons into North Korea carrying money and anti-North Korea propaganda leaflets in an attempt to provide people to inside one of the world’s strictest dictatorships uncensored information about their country and the outside world.
Kim said North Korea could not hide its displeasure at the “sordid acts” committed by the defectors, which it called “human waste” and “human filth”.
“We regard the maneuvers committed by human waste in the south as a serious provocation against our state and we will examine the corresponding actions,” she said.
North Korea says the sending of leaflets is a direct violation of the agreement reached at the inter-Korean summit in April 2018. As part of the agreement, the two leaders agreed to cease “all hostile acts and to eliminate their means, including loudspeaker broadcasting and the distribution of leaflets “along their common border. However, the text does not distinguish between campaigns carried out by the government and those carried out by individuals.
The South Korean government has since passed a controversial law making it illegal to publish these brochures. Critics say the law restricts free speech just to appease North Korea. However, Kim said Pyongyang believed Seoul had given “silent approval” to the deserters.
“Whatever decision we take and what actions we take, the responsibility for its consequences will rest entirely with the South Korean authorities who have failed to properly control human dirt,” Kim said.
Experts say North Korea may attempt to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul before Moon and Biden meet on May 21 by exploiting Moon’s desire for reconciliation in the final year of his presidency.
“The leaflet controversy is one way Pyongyang is trying to divide Washington and Seoul by opposing South Korean domestic politics.” Proponents of the leaflets tend to overstate the effectiveness of sending bottles and balloons to North Korea. Meanwhile, supporters of the recent leaflet ban are overstating the importance of such legislation to the safety of residents of border areas, ”said Leif-Eric Easley, associate professor of international studies at Ewha Womans University of Seoul.
“Still, it is no exaggeration to say that Moon’s ruling party has adjusted national legislation in the hope of resuming the inter-Korean engagement.”