Kim Jong Un's sister warns United States as Biden officials start Asia trip

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Kim Yo-Jong's warning comes a day before top U.S. officials are due to arrive in Seoul. The influential sister of Kim Jong-un also heavily criticised the USA and South Korea for conducting joint military exercises in the area.

A senior USA government official said Sunday that the Biden administration started reaching out to North Korea from mid-February but has received no response so far. "If it wants to sleep in peace for coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step", Kim Yo Jong said.

Boo Seung-chan, a spokesperson from South Korea's Defence Ministry, said the combined drills were defensive in nature and called for the North to show a more "flexible attitude" that would be constructive to stabilising peace on the Korean peninsula. -South Korea drills with missile tests. But the high-profile Trump-Kim meetings eventually saw little progress in realizing Washington's aim of denuclearizing North Korea, which faces several worldwide sanctions for its banned weapons program.

Kim Yo-jong has been her brother's favoured attack dog for a while and this statement is no exception.

The silence is hardly surprising: The Biden administration is undertaking an internal review of policy toward North Korea, and Pyongyang may want to see what comes out of that process before formulating its own response, while the annual military exercises are always a tense moment. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights.

During the election campaign he called Mr Kim "a thug" and said North Korean nuclear disarmament had to happen before United States and UN economic sanctions could be relaxed.

"To date, we have not received any response from Pyongyang", the official said.

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It also adds a new dimension to a visit America's top diplomat and defense secretary will make next week to South Korea and Japan, where concerns over North Korea's nuclear arsenal are expected to be high on the agenda. Denuclearization negotiations between North Korea and the United States have been stalled since 2019.

Austin and Blinken travelled separately and met in Japan for the first leg of their trip, holding talks with their counterparts as well as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

South Korean and American troops began a joint springtime military drill last week, which was limited to computer simulations because of the coronavirus risk as well as the ongoing efforts to engage with the North. The review is "evaluating all options to address the increased threats" posed by the North, according to the State Department.

She did not elaborate on what the "biting wind" would constitute, but she indicated that North Korea may abolish its Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, saying the ruling Workers' Party organization focused on dialogue with the South "has no reason for its existence".

Pyongyang has yet to acknowledge that President Biden is now in office.

"War drills and hostility can never go with dialogue and cooperation", Kim Yo Jong said while mocking South Korea, asserting "resorting to shrunken war games, now that they find themselves in the quagmire of political, economic and epidemic crisis".

"Diplomacy continues to remain our first priority".

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