Pyongyang criticized the joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea, threatening to cancel the inter-Korean military agreement signed in 2018, and sending a message to Washington.
Kim Yo-jung, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong and first vice-chair of the Workers’ Party Central Committee, condemned today, Tuesday, what it called “the rehearsal of the war targeting the North that South Korea is waging.”
Kim said, “The nature of the rehearsal of the war targeting North Korea does not change at all, whether 50 or 100 people participate,” referring to the curtailment of exercises between Washington and Seoul due to Corona restrictions.
Kim stressed that her country will closely monitor South Korea’s position and behavior, warning that if it becomes more provocative, we can take special measures such as canceling the inter-Korean military agreement to ease cross-border tensions signed in September 2018.
She added, “We have no choice but to put the issue of dissolving the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland in North Korea, which is a dialogue organization with South Korea, in the timetable.”
She said, “The South Korean authorities, who treat us as an enemy, do not need any cooperation and exchange in the future, so we will review the cancellation of relevant organizations such as the International Tourism Bureau of the North Korean Mount Kumgang resort.”
Kim also criticized Joe Biden’s new administration for conducting joint military exercises, in a message that is the first of its kind for North Korea to the United States since the launch of the new administration in January, according to the South Korean “Yonhap” agency.
Kim’s statement came one day before Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin visit the Americans to South Korea.
It is reported that South Korea and the United States began the joint military exercises in a reduced manner amid the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic on March 8 and will continue until the 18th of the same month.