The message is meant to be clear. In a statement published on Tuesday March 16 by Rodong Sinmun, the official daily of the North Korean regime, the sister of leader Kim Jong-un, Kim Yo-jong, launched an attack head-on against the United States, which has since last week led joint military manoeuvres with South Korea on the Asian Peninsula.
A first warning to the new Biden administration, launched at a time when the new American Secretaries of Defence and Foreign Affairs begin a visit to Tokyo and Seoul.
'If [you] want to sleep in peace...'
In this official statement with a very aggressive tone, the sister of the North Korean leader offers 'advice to the new administration of the United States that is struggling to spread the smell of gunpowder on our land.' This is the first time that the nuclear-armed North Korea has targeted—without naming anyone, however—the new American president in almost four months.
If you want to sleep easy for the coming four years (Joe Biden's tenure), [you] had better refrain from causing a stink at [your] first step.
Nearly 30,000 US military personnel in South Korea
Currently, no less than 28,500 American soldiers are stationed in South Korea, in order to protect Seoul from a hypothetical attack from the north. The two countries, military allied, began last week digital simulations of military exercises, experienced as a preparation for an invasion by Pyongyang.
'The South Korean government yet again chose the 'March of War', the 'March of Crisis,'' claims Kim Yo-jong in her statement.