In North Korea's first comments directed at the Biden administration, Kim Jong Un's powerful sister criticised the United States and South Korea for holding military exercises and warned the usa against further provocations if it wants a "good night's sleep for the next four years". "We take this opportunity to warn the new USA administration trying hard to give off powder smell in our land".
Kim Yo Jong's comments on Tuesday were Pyongyang's first reaction to the drills running from March 8 through Thursday.
South Korean and American troops began a joint springtime military drill last week, which was limited to computer simulations because of the coronavirus risk as well as the ongoing efforts to engage with the North.
"We take this opportunity to warn the new USA administration trying hard to give off powder smell in our land", she said in a statement, according to the country's state news agency.
Biden, who took charge on January 20, has not yet revealed what his attitude towards North Korea will be and his government has now limited itself to reviewing the policy towards the country to which its alleged nuclear program and Possibilities to address ballistic missiles are included. launch.
"If you want to sleep peacefully for the next four years (US presidential mandate term, Editor's note), you'd better not do anything that makes you lose sleep", the master said.
Despite Kim Yo Jong's warning to the new administration, North Korea did not greet the arrival of the new United States president with a test of their missiles or other weaponry, as is often the case. Right Mok-yeon, with just two days left until the end of the joint military exercise, Kim Yo-jong has warned that it will be hard for the peaceful spring days of three years ago to return to the Korean Peninsula.
"War rehearsals can not coexist with dialogue, hostility can not coexist with co-operation", she said.
Sakaki confirmed a notice published by the CNN network this Saturday, according to which the new US President Joe Biden's government had tried to contact North Korea from mid-February through various channels, including its mission at the United Nations.
The timing of Ms Kim's comments seems created to ensure that North Korea will be at the top of Mr Blinken and Mr Austin's agenda when they land in Seoul, according to Ramon Pacheco Pardo, a Korea expert at King's College London.
USA and South Korean troops regularly hold joint military exercises throughout the year, including two large-scale drills in the spring and fall, which the North regularly lambasts. Trump in 2018 became the first sitting USA president to meet with a North Korean leader - holding a total of three high-profile summits with Kim - only for the diplomatic gambit to end in failure after Pyongyang demanded that Washington end its "hostile policy" toward the North.
North Korea has so far ignored United States attempts to establish a dialogue, the White House said on Monday. "But, to date, we have not received any response", Psaki said, noting that the outreach "follows over a year without active dialogue with North Korea, despite multiple attempts by the U.S. to engage".
Also on Monday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin arrived in Tokyo, kicking off a two-leg tour to Northeast Asia that will later bring them to Seoul.
Such a scenario "won't come easily again", Kim Yo Jong said, adding that the North would consider pulling out of a key inter-Korean military agreement aimed at reducing tensions along their shared border and would review dissolving a number of organizations aimed at cooperation with Seoul.