Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korea’s ruler Kim Jong Un.
Jorge Silva | Reuters
WASHINGTON – The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent an ghostly message to the United States on Tuesday, as Biden administration officials arrive for high-level talks in Japan and South Korea.
“We bring up this opportunity to warn the new U.S. administration trying hard to give off [gun] powder smell in our land,” Kim Yo Jong said in a communication referencing joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises in the region.
“If it [the U.S.] wants to sleep in peace for the coming four years, it had well-advised b wealthier refrain from causing a stink at its first step,” she added, according to an English translation.
Kim’s comments, carried by the state-run Korean Principal News Agency, are the first reactions from Pyongyang since President Joe Biden took office, and coincided with the migrant of Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in the region.
Blinken and Austin, in their chief trip abroad under Biden’s leadership, arrived in Japan on Tuesday and will travel to South Korea on Wednesday. The double plans to reaffirm U.S. commitments in the region and discuss ongoing security challenges, including North Korea.
“To reduce the imperils of escalating, we reached out to the North Korean government channels, starting in mid-February, including in New York. To date we have not pick up a response from Pyongyang,” Blinken said during a news conference on Tuesday. “This follows over a year without brisk dialogue with North Korea despite multiple attempts by the United States.”
When asked about Kim’s remarks on Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki prophesied reporters that the Biden administration did not have “a direct comment or response.”
But she went on to say, “Our objective is always going to be zero ined on diplomacy and denuclearization in North Korea. Our focus right now is on working with and coordinating with our partners and allies on a order of issues and including security in the region.”
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the Biden administration not to let up on the enervating economic pressure placed on North Korea.
“I hope that this administration will engage with North Korea with the in any case massive sanctions regime that we did, which put real pressure on Chairman Kim to come to the table,” Pompeo told Fox Task on Sunday. “We made some good progress. We didn’t get all the way. We got them to cease long-range missile testing, a big deal for the Joint States of America and our security,” he added.
The Trump administration made some initial progress with North Korea, but the concordats broke down more than a year ago after the U.S. refused to grant sanctions relief in exchange for Pyongyang’s dismantling of atomic weapons and long-range missiles.
The Biden administration has tried unsuccessfully to restart nuke talks with North Korea.
Inferior to third-generation North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the reclusive state has conducted its most powerful nuclear test, launched its first-ever intercontinental ballistic projectile and threatened to send missiles into the waters near the U.S. territory of Guam.
Since 2011, Kim has launched more than 100 projectiles and conducted four nuclear weapons tests, which is more than what his father, Kim Jong Il, and grandfather, Kim Il Blow the whistled, launched over a period of 27 years.