North Korea withdraws economic support from South Korea in exchange for disarmament

The sister of the North Korean leader made several critical remarks about the neighboring country and proposals for denuclearization.

TsNAK/via REUTERSKim Chen In
North Korea is ruled by dictator Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Yo-jong’s sister categorically rejected on Friday the 19th an offer of economic aid in exchange for disarmament proposed this week by the South Korean president. Yoon Seok-yeol, whom he disqualified and whose offer he called “absurd”. “Without reflecting on the ‘northern policy’ of the South Korean authorities, we can say that we don’t like Yoon Suk Yeol himself,” the sister wrote. Kim Chen In This is stated in a message published today by the information agency “CTAK”. Kim Yo-jong, Deputy Director of the One-Party Propaganda Department North Korea, further stated that the regime would never “sit down with him face to face” no matter what proposal he made. The words of the sister of the North Korean leader came four days after Yoon Suk-yeol proposed an economic aid plan that he himself called bold and which promised North Korea a phased program of food aid, economic support and infrastructure investment if the regime opted for denuclearization.

“Dogs, whether they are puppies or adults, always bark, and the same can be said for someone who has the title of ‘president,'” Kim Yo-jung said of Yoon, whose plan he considered to be identical to that proposed by Lee Myung-bak, a former conservative president of South Korea, who ruled from 2008 to 2013. Following the rapprochement between Pyongyang, Seoul, and Washington between 2018 and 2019 during Liberal Moon Jae-in’s rule in Seoul, Kim Yo-Jong today seemed to guarantee that a similar situation would not happen again under the current South’s conservative government. “The deceiver who today talks about a “daring plan” and the next day organizes military exercises against the North is none other than the “genius” Yoon Suk Yeol,” Kim criticized, referring to the joint exercises that will be resumed by Washington. and Seoul within South Korea next Monday for the first time since 2018.

After the failure of the Hanoi summit in 2019 and the complete isolation of Pyongyang from the outside world since the start of the pandemic, the regime has embarked on a weapons modernization plan, to which the allies are responding with plans to increase the number of military installations on the peninsula. Pyongyang has also completed preparations for its first nuclear test in five years, and Seoul and Washington this week reaffirmed their intention to respond by sending US strategic resources to the region if the North Korean army conducts a test.

*According to EFE

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