Sanctions will stoke more hostility, North Korea warns South
North Korea has condemned South Korea's push to impose more sanctions on Pyongyang, warning Seoul that such measures will only fuel more hostility.
On Thursday, Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un and Vice Department Director of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, lashed out at the administration of South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol for seeking more independent sanctions on the North.
In a statement carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim's sister branded Yoon and his cabinet a a stooge of the United States and called them a bunch of "idiots" who are parroting Washington, warning that such punitive measures and pressure against Pyongyang would add to the North's "hostility and anger."
"As soon as the US talked about its 'independent sanctions' against the DPRK, South Korea parroted what the former said," Kim Yo-jong said in the English-language statement, using an abbreviation for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
"This disgusting act shows more clearly that the South Korean group is a stooge of the US," she further said, adding, "If they think that they can escape from the present dangerous situation through 'sanctions,' they must be really idiots as they do not know how to live in peace and comfort."
Her remarks came just two days after South Korea's Foreign Ministry said it was reviewing "independent" punitive measures against North Korea, noting that sanctions on the cyber sector were among those considered if Pyongyang pushes ahead with a nuclear test.
A few hours after Kim Yo-jong's strongly-worded statement on Thursday, South Korea's Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean affairs, responded in a statement, slamming her comments targeting the South Korean president as "deplorable."