▲ North Korea’s Kim Yeo-jung raises the theory of South Korea’s responsibility for COVID-19 at the emergency quarantine meeting
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presided over the National Emergency Quarantine Conference held in Pyongyang on the 10th and declared an end to the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19). Kim’s younger sister, Kim Yeo-jung, vice minister of the Workers’ Party of Korea, took part as a debater and delivered a public speech claiming that the virus had been introduced into the North by the South and threatening to consider a strong retaliatory response. 2022.8.11.
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On the 22nd, the U.S. mission to the United Nations criticized North Korean Vice Minister Kim Yeo-jeong, saying, “It is clear that the UN Security Council (Security Council) turned away from the ROK-US joint military exercises and took issue with the launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) is the application of a clear double standard.” The US-ROK training is an old defense practice that does not pose a threat to North Korea,” he refuted.
On the 23rd, a spokesman for the US mission to the United Nations responded to Free Asia Broadcasting (RFA)’s request for comment on Vice Minister Kim’s statement, saying, “The United States and South Korea have stated that they are engaged in long-standing defensive military exercises that pose no threat to anyone, let alone North Korea.” reported
In a conversation the previous day, Vice Minister Kim said, “The UN Security Council has categorically turned a blind eye to the high-risk military exercises and aggressive military buildup that the US and South Korea are busy targeting the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and our non-aggression in response.” It is an obvious double standard to mention the exercise of the right to self-defense.”
In response, U.S. experts pointed out that South Korea-U.S. drills and North Korea’s provocations cannot be viewed as equals. Former White House senior adviser on Asia Dennis Wilder told RFA, “Traditional defensive military exercises (South Korea-US exercises) are not subject to UN sanctions, but North Korea’s ballistic missile launches are subject to UN Security Council sanctions.” He went on to say, “It is wrong to equate the two,” and pointed out that “while the ROK-US military exercises are of a defensive nature, the ballistic missiles launched by North Korea near Japan and South Korea are an offensive provocation,” the RFA reported. Former White House weapons of mass destruction policy coordinator Gary Seymour also pointed out, “The UN Security Council has adopted a number of resolutions banning North Korea from launching ballistic missiles.”
On the 21st, the Security Council held a meeting on North Korea’s non-proliferation issue at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, but failed to produce concrete results due to opposition from China and Russia. In response, ambassadors from 14 countries, including South Korea, the U.S. and Japan, issued an off-the-counter joint statement condemning North Korea’s ballistic missile provocations and calling for denuclearization immediately after the meeting.
Reporter Lee Jae-yeon