Kim Jong-un’s influential sister has launched a scathing verbal attack on South Korea’s foreign minister.
Kim Yo-young, The sister of the North Korean leader, described Kang Kyung-wa’s comments as “irresponsible” and accused him of trying to damage existing relations between Pyongyang and Seoul.
Kong said last weekend that it was hard to believe the North’s insistence that the corona virus was released a year after the outbreak.
North Korea’s claims cannot be verified, but experts say the country is unlikely to have escaped the virus, despite tightening its borders and banning international flights in late January.
Kim Yo-jong said in a statement issued by the official KCNA news agency on Wednesday: “This can be seen from irresponsible comments. [Kang] Regardless of the consequences she is so keen to further cool the frozen relations between the North South Korea . ”
Some describe Kim, a senior official of the ruling Labor Party, as the regime’s real second order: “Her real motive is very clear. We will never forget her words, for which she will have to pay a lot.”
Kang told a forum in Bahrain on Saturday that the epidemic “made North Korea even more North Korea – that is, a closed, high-level decision-making process where there is very little discussion about their actions in dealing with the Covid 19”.
He added: “They still say they have no cases, which is hard to believe. Therefore, the regime is very active in controlling the disease, which they claim does not have all the symptoms. ”
North Korea It is known to have taken drastic measures to prevent the eruption and to avoid its fragile health infrastructure. It has closed its borders with China and Russia and sent home ambassadors. Tens of thousands of people have been isolated as the country seeks to isolate what it describes as “suspicious” cases.
The collapse of trade along its border with China has damaged the fragile economy of the North, which has already been hit by the collapse of international sanctions imposed in response to its missile and nuclear weapons programs.
The North has acknowledged that it is facing “many crises” due to epidemics and natural disasters last summer and US-led sanctions.
Last week, KCNA said the country had imposed “high-level emergency measures” including the closure of restaurants and other public places in Pyongyang and restrictions on the movement of people around the capital.
Relations between several Koreas have deteriorated this year.
In June, North A liaison office exploded Pyongyang was set up to improve relations with the South in connection with the plans of the disabled to send anti-propaganda leaflets across the border.
In September, Kim Jong-un A rare publication Public Apology After the North Korean soldiers Was shot A South Korean official has crossed the country’s maritime borders, which may have been an attempt at a defect.
The South Korean intelligence service said last month that it had Failed attempts By North Korean hackers to thwart attempts to develop the Covid 19 vaccine.