Kim Yo Jong, 32, the powerful and influential sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, issued a dark warning to President Joe Biden saying the U.S. would face “a more fatal security crisis” for lobbying at the U.N. to condemn Pyongyang’s latest ballistic missile tests.
Since erupting onto the global political scene in 2018, Ms. Kim has risen to the top of North Korea’s propaganda and agitation department and is a senior party official in the Kim regime, described as her brother’s “confidante and advisor” by The Wall Street Journal.
The warning from Kim Yo Jong occurred shortly after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield briefed the U.N. Security Council in an emergency session that the White House intends to “circulate a proposed presidential joint-statement condemning North Korea’s banned missile launches and other destabilizing activities,” according to The Associated Press.
The statement read in part,
“Albania, Australia, Ecuador, France, Ireland, India, Japan, Malta, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States strongly condemn the DPRK’s intercontinental ballistic missile launch of November 17 that landed about 125 miles from Japan’s coastline, as well as the subsequent report in the DPRK’s state-controlled media that it could be used for a preemptive nuclear strike.
This was DPRK’s eighth intercontinental ballistic missile launch this year. Compared with the total number of intercontinental ballistic missile launches prior to 2022, this represents a serious escalation and poses an unequivocal threat to international peace and security. The DPRK is acting with impunity in the face of the Security Council’s inaction.”
Kim Yo Jong’s response was direct, “The UNSC has turned blind eyes to the very dangerous military drills of the U.S. and South Korea and their greedy arms buildup aiming at the DPRK and taken issue with the DPRK’s exercise of its inviolable right to self-defense corresponding to them,” Ms. Kim said, using North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
“This is evidently the application of double-standards,” she added according to The Korea Times.
“The U.S. should be mindful that no matter how desperately it may seek to disarm (North Korea), it can never deprive DPRK of its right to self-defense and that the more hell-bent it gets on the anti-DPRK acts, it will face a more fatal security crisis,” Kim Yo Jong said via North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)
She added that she compares the U.S. to “a barking dog seized with fear,” warning that Pyongyang would consider the U.S.-led joint-statement to be “a wanton violation of our sovereignty and a grave political provocation.”
“We will never tolerate anyone — whoever that is — that picks a quarrel with us over exercising our right [to] protect the safety of our country, and we will respond in a super-hardline manner to the end,” she said.
The UN Security Council went on to debate North Korea’s actions on Monday but did not reach a resolution due to seemingly permanent divisions between Western powers and the veto-carrying pro-North Korean bloc of Russia and China. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield criticized both nations for their “blatant obstructionism” preventing meaningful sanctions or condemnation of Pyongyang NKNews reported.
#Evstigneeva at UNSC briefing on the #DPRK: No miracle will happen if the US and its allies only choose to proceed with military measures and further threaten with sanctions. This approach only promises more tension for the #KoreanPeninsula.https://t.co/J3R2UUtWY8 pic.twitter.com/fxku8ZrEMJ
— Russia at the United Nations (@RussiaUN) November 21, 2022
Russia responded by criticizing the U.S. and regional allies for “choose[ing] to proceed with military measures and further threaten with sanctions,” claiming “Pyongyang’s missile launches are a consequence of the short-sighted confrontational military activity of the United States around this country, which hits both their partners in the region and the situation in Northeast Asia as a whole.”