The younger sister of the North Korean leader Kim jong unKim Jong UnUS started communicating with North Korea last month: reports US and South Korea reduce military drills Russian diplomats leave North Korea in handcart due to coronavirus restrictions MORE responded to the White House on Monday with a vague warning about what would happen if the Biden administration got off on the wrong foot with Pyongyang.
CNN reported that Kim Yo Jong, who officially holds a high-ranking position in North Korea’s only political party, issued a statement warning the White House not to “cause a stench with your first step,” an apparent reference to any Biden administration attempt. to reverse movements made by President TrumpDonald Trump The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented By Facebook – Biden To Hit The Road And Promote The COVID-19 Relief Act Oregon Senator Is At The Center Of The Democratic Obstructionist Debate Juan Williams: Trump’s Jealous Spraits Can’t hide your failures MORE in his diplomatic proposals to North Korea.
“We take this opportunity to warn the new US administration that is striving to spread the smell of gunpowder on our land,” he said, according to CNN, quoting the North Korean state news agency. “If you want to sleep in peace for [the] for the next four years, you’d better refrain from causing a bad odor your first step. “
His comments came hours after the White House press secretary Jen psakiJen PsakiBiden: ‘Cuomo’s Investigation Is On And We Should See What It Brings Us’ Gun Control Groups Focus All Efforts On Senate Cats, Dogs, Birds, Horses And Even A Raccoon – A Brief History Of Pets of the White House MORE told reporters at Monday’s press conference that the United States has had little to no official contact with the North Korean government since before Biden took office in January.
“Diplomacy is always our goal. Our goal is to reduce the risk of escalation. But, to date, we have not received any response,” Psaki said.
Psaki added that more than a year had passed “without an active dialogue with North Korea, despite multiple attempts by the United States to participate.”
The message from Kim Jong Un’s brother comes nearly a year after rampant speculation about the leader’s serious illness, including reports of his death. But earlier this year, speculation swirled about his status in politics, according to the Associated Press.
The United States and North Korea experienced an unprecedented period of contact under the Trump administration, and the former president became the first to set foot on North Korean soil during a visit to the Demilitarized Zone. However, talks between the two governments quickly evaporated, and the United States made no major progress toward denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
It was revealed last month that Trump offered to let Kim Jong Un fly to North Korea aboard Air Force One following a meeting between the couple in Hanoi, Vietnam, an offer that Kim allegedly declined at the time.