Kim Jo Chung, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, warned South Korea on Sunday that it would undermine the determination of the leaders of the two Koreas to restore mutual trust if they conduct a joint military exercise with the United States. The state agency KCNA reported this.
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Kim Jo-chung, sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
Kim Joo Chung also said the recent decision to revive inter-Korean hotlines should only be seen as a resumption of “physical” ties and would be “reckless” assuming it was a harbinger of the summit.
According to the Department of Political Affairs, the statement of Kim’s sister in South Korea is seen as an attempt to pressure Seoul to cancel the exercises with the United States, which usually take place in August. The DPRK regards such exercises as a prelude to an invasion, which Washington and Seoul deny. The United States has about 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea to deter North Korea, which has nuclear weapons.
“Our government and military will closely monitor whether the South Koreans continue their aggressive war maneuvers or make an important decision. Hope or despair? It is not up to us,” the Korean Central News Agency quoted Kim Yoochong as saying.
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