North Korean leader's sister raps US-S. Korea military drills

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Ahead of the U.S. delegation's visit to Seoul, North Korea broke its silence and sent out a stern warning to the United States against "causing a stink" if it wants peace.

In comments directed at the Biden administration, she said: "If it wants to sleep in peace for coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step", according to KCNA, without mentioning the president by name. "But, to date, we have not received any response", Psaki said, noting that the outreach "follows over a year without active dialogue with North Korea, despite multiple attempts by the U.S. to engage".

Austin and Blinken arrived in Tokyo on Monday and will be consulting with both it and Seoul on the new administration's review of U.S. policy towards Pyongyang, but China will be the main focus of their discussions.

The talks failed to persuade North Korea to give up nuclear weapons - a key demand of the USA and other Western powers.

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Yo Jong's statement also came at a time when Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Japan on Monday, March 15, on their first worldwide trip and were set to visit South Korea on Wednesday, March 17, to rally military alliances as a bulwark against China and North Korea.

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.

Biden, who took charge on January 20, has not yet revealed what his attitude towards North Korea will be and his government has now limited itself to reviewing the policy towards the country to which its alleged nuclear program and Possibilities to address ballistic missiles are included. launch.

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It has isolated itself further, imposing a strict border closure to protect itself against the coronavirus pandemic that first emerged in neighbouring China.

The statement comes a day before America's top diplomat and defence chief are due to arrive in Seoul for their first talks with South Korean counterparts. He said the USA government will make sure to incorporate the allies' input into its policy toward the North.

The "New York channel" is a reference to the North's mission to the United Nations, as Pyongyang and Washington do not maintain diplomatic relations.

"Until now, the discussion was focusing on The Quad, dealing with China and the North Korea policy review", he said.

"War drills and hostility can never go with dialogue and cooperation", said Kim Yo Jong, who has become a vocal critic of Seoul in state media dispatches.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in poses with Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Seoul in this undated photo released in February 2018. -South Korea drills with missile tests. BUT by adding that the regime will keep an eye on the South's behavior and attitude, she did leave a room for improvement of inter-Korean ties.

There was a "high possibility" of a military provocation by the North during or immediately after the Americans' trip, he added.

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