North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s powerful sister has called the South Korean president and government “idiots” and “loyal dogs” to the United States, state media reported Thursday.
Kim Yo Jong’s vitriol is following Seoul this week, saying it was considering new unilateral sanctions against the north over recent missile tests, including last week’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
“This disgusting act shows more clearly that the South Korean group is a ‘loyal dog’ and henchman of the US,” Kim said in a statement from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
“I wonder what ‘sanctions’ the South Korean group, no more than a running feral dog on a US-given bone, is brazenly imposing on the DPRK,” she said, using the acronym of the North’s official name. “What a spectacle!”
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Pyongyang always refers to South Korea with a small “s”, an obvious sign of disrespect.
Kim accused South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol of creating a “dangerous situation” and compared him unfavorably to his more dovish predecessor Moon Jae-in, under whom, she said, Seoul “had not been our goal.”
“I wonder why the South Korean people still remain a passive spectator of such actions by Yoon Suk Yeol’s ‘government’ and other idiots,” she said.
North Korea tends to make statements before conducting a provocation, said Professor Yang Moo-jin of the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, adding, “There may soon be an armed demonstration against South Korea and the United States.”
Friday’s ICBM launch was the latest in a record-breaking spate of launches from Pyongyang, and officials and analysts in Seoul and Washington have warned they could culminate in a seventh nuclear test.
North Korea has a long history of colorful personal attacks on foreign leaders, and analysts have often noted the country’s failure to use “diplomatic language”.
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“Basically, they can’t speak well about the countries they consider enemies,” said Go Myong-hyun, a researcher at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
Before US President Joe Biden was nominated as a candidate, Pyongyang called him “a rabid dog” who “needs to be beaten to death with a stick” and famously called his predecessor Donald Trump a “mentally deranged US nutcase”.