North Korea vs South Korea


Photo courtesy of the New York Times

Raven Landa, Staff Writer

On April 5th, 2022, Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said that Pyongyang would retaliate with nuclear strikes towards South Korea if they launched a pre-emptive attack. She has issued two statements responding to the marks from South Korean officials. During this time, North Korea has claimed that they have had successful tests of ‘monster missile’.

Ms. Kim had already issued a statement on Sunday, April 3rd, 2022, directly attacking Mr. Suh, South Korea’s defense minister, whom she called a ‘scum-like guy’ after his comments he made towards North Korea. While North and South Korea see the war in Ukraine differently, with North supporting Russia and South condemning Moscow’s military, both have drawn similar conclusions from the conflict.  Yo-jong has also stated that Suh’s “abrupt bluffing” showed that Seoul was “frightened”.

“South Korea may face a serious threat owing to the reckless remarks made by its defense minister…South Korea should discipline itself if it wants to stave off disaster.” stated by Kim Yo-jong on the Newsweek.

Last week, Suh said that South Korea’s military has a wide array of missiles with improved range, accuracy, and power to carry out quick strikes against any target in North Korea. Since the start of the year, North Korea has carried out multiple missile tests and has also ended on testing nuclear weapons and long-range missiles. On April 11th, 2022, North Korea began to destroy South Korea’s-owned golf course at the scenic mountain resort.

“North Korea’s unilateral act of dismantling the hotel clearly goes against the purpose of joint inter-Korean efforts on mutual respect and consultations.” stated by Cha Deok-cheol on The Times, spokesman for South Korea’s unification ministry.

  North Korea’s demolition of South Korean-built facilities at its Diamond Mountain resort comes as ties between the countries remained strained over the North’s recent series of high-profile missile tests. As of April 13th, 2022, The USS Abraham Lincoln strike group, which is a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, will stay in waters off the Korean peninsula for five days. Amid warnings Pyongyang could conduct a nuclear weapons test next week.