The sister of North Korea’s leader, Kim Yo Jong, has warned the US with a “decisive response” if its military ever again enters the country’s economic zone.
According to Reuters, Kim Yo Jong, the influential sister of North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un, warned the US on Monday that it would face a “decisive response” if its forces ever again entered the country’s economic zone. According to the article citing state media KCNA, Kim Yo Jong accused the United States of violating its airspace by making reconnaissance flights. On July 10, she claimed, a US spy plane flew into North Korea’s exclusive economic zone.
The influential Kim Yo Jong is the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
According to a statement released by KCNA, a spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense of North Korea claimed that the alleged provocative military moves by the US were bringing the Korean peninsula closer to a nuclear conflict. The deployment of US drones and reconnaissance aircraft was also mentioned in the report, which said that Washington was heightening tensions by stationing a nuclear submarine close to the peninsula.
While Pyongyang was exercising patience, the official warned that such flights may be shot down.
According to the spokesperson, “there is no guarantee that such a shocking accident as the downing of the U.S. Air Force strategic reconnaissance plane will not happen” in the waters east of Korea.
The representative took aim at the US’s decision to station nuclear submarines on the Korean Peninsula, claiming that this will “bring regional military tension to a more critical state and may incite the worst crisis of nuclear conflict”. The attempt to use such submarines, according to Pyongyang, is a “grave threat and challenge to regional and global peace and security” and the “most undisguised nuclear blackmail against” North Korea and its neighbors.