Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un. Jorge Silva|Reuters
WASHINGTON– The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent out an eerie message to the United States on Tuesday, as Biden administration authorities show up for top-level talks in Japan and South Korea. “We take this chance to caution the new U.S. administration trying hard to produce [gun] powder smell in our land,” Kim Yo Jong stated in a declaration referencing joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises in the region. “If it [the U.S.] wishes to sleep in peace for coming four years, it had better refrain from triggering a stink at its first step,” she added, according to an English translation. Kim’s comments, brought by state-run Korean Central News Company, are the first responses from Pyongyang considering that Biden ascended the presidency and accompanied the arrival of Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to the area.
Blinken and Austin, in their first trip abroad under Biden management, arrived in Japan on Tuesday and will travel to South Korea on Wednesday. The set plans to reaffirm U.S. dedications in the region and discuss continuous security difficulties, consisting of North Korea. “To decrease the risks of escalating, we reached out to the North Korean government channels, beginning in mid-February, consisting of in New york city. To date we have actually not gotten a reaction from Pyongyang,” Blinken said throughout an interview on Tuesday. “This follows over a year without active discussion with North Korea in spite of multiple attempts by the United States.”
Lloyd Austin, U.S. secretary of defense, left, and Antony Blinken, U.S. secretary of state, use protective face masks as they go to the Japan-U.S. Security Consultative Committee (SCC) meeting in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Kiyoshi Ota|Bloomberg|Getty Images