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Kim Jong Un's sister slams South Korea for spying on Pyongyang

Kim Yo Jong right sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un helps Kim sign joint statement following the summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse in Pyongyang North Korea. Ki Kim Jong-un's Sister Reportedly Dubs S Korea'Idiot Over Remarks on Pyongyang Military Parade
Deanna Wagner | 14 January, 2021, 19:14

Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of North Korea's leader, looks up while seated second from right in the second row among top officials during a session of the Eighth Workers' Party Congress this week, as shown in this screenshot from Korean Central Television.

At the start of the congress, the first in five years, he had admitted that the last plan proved a failure. The timing of this message is key as it comes as US President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office.

The North Korean leader held three meetings with US President Donald Trump, but denuclearization talks have made little progress since their no-deal summit in Hanoi in February 2019.

His latest speech to wrap up the congress on Tuesday again noted the importance of nuclear weapons and a strong military in the face of what it calls a "hostile policy" by the U.S.

While some experts believe that the hefty price tag for producing such advanced weaponry would limit any success Kim has in accomplishing these goals, others warned not to bet against the regime.

North Korea is isolated from the global community (except for China and to a lesser extent Russia), and has been under worldwide sanctions for years over its nuclear and missile programmes. The event with thousands of goose-stepping soldiers included a new intercontinental ballistic missile that experts said was created to deliver multiple nuclear warheads to the U.S.

"It is a message to the United States that it will continue to build up its strategic arsenal unless the USA changes its course on North Korea policy", he told AFP. South Korean state media said he was responsible for relations with South Korea, and more than one person speculated that he would also be responsible for relations with the United States. "If Kim Yo Jong had become a full Politburo member, all eyes would have been on her. and Kim Jong Un likely felt that as a burden", Ko Young-hwan, a former deputy head of the Institute for National Security Strategy, a think tank run by South Korea's spy agency, said during a TV news program Monday.

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Relations between the North Koreans and Americans took a surprising turn as outgoing U.S. president Donald Trump agreed to three summits with Kim, meetings that were high on spectacle but low on result.

"We are only holding a military parade in the capital city, not military exercises targeting anybody nor launch of anything", she said, confirming the scheduling of the parade.

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"The (South Koreans) are a truly weird group hard to understand".

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff had said Monday that it had obtained intelligence showing a North Korean military parade in Pyongyang on Sunday night and was checking whether it was an official event or a rehearsal. It was not clear what, if any, weaponry was displayed during the event.

When the eight-day congress, the first of its kind since 2016, opened last week, Kim Yo Jong, who is thought to be about 32, sat on the leadership podium, standing out amid the often elderly, overwhelmingly male party cadres.

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