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North Korea Warns US Not to 'Cause a Stink' Before Seoul Meeting

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a meeting with his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi in Tokyo US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a meeting with his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi in Tokyo
Noah Ferguson | 16 March, 2021, 19:42

Her statement came after Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin and top USA diplomat Antony Blinken arrived in Japan on Monday on their first overseas trip.

Her statement came hours before US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in Asia, where they will visit Japanese capital Tokyo and South Korean capital Seoul.

"The administration is conducting a thorough inter-agency review of U.S. policy toward North Korea, and that includes evaluating all options to address the increased threats that are posed by North Korea to its neighbours, as well as the broader worldwide community", Porter said in a telephonic press briefing.

Kim Yo Jong issued a statement on Tuesday in which she warned Washington against further provocations if it wants a "good night's sleep for the next four years".

Boo Seung-chan, a spokesperson from South Korea's Defense Ministry, said the combined drills were defensive in nature and called for the North to show a more "flexible attitude" that would be constructive to stabilizing peace on the Korean Peninsula. Sometimes that is in the form of a missile test.

Trump's unorthodox approach to foreign policy saw him trade insults and threats of war with Kim Jong Un before an extraordinary diplomatic bromance that saw a series of headline-grabbing meetings.

If Seoul becomes more provocative, Pyongyang will take reciprocal measures such as scraping bilateral military agreements created to ease tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula, Kim Yo Jong said in a statement dated Monday.

Yo-Jong's statement marks Pyongyang's first comments towards President Biden's administration. For more, Director of Korea Risk Group and Professor of Kookmin University Andrei LANKOV joins us via Skype.

The comments came from the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. On March 14, the White House claimed to have tried to contact Pyongyang without receiving a response.

It also adds a new dimension to a visit America's top diplomat and defense secretary will make next week to South Korea and Japan, where concerns over North Korea's nuclear arsenal are expected to be high on the agenda. In the past, the North has often responded with U.S.

She said: "War rehearsals can not coexist with dialogue, hostility can not coexist with cooperation".

Shortly afterwards, the Dear Leader's sister, Kim Yo-jong, emerged from months in the shadows to denounce the Americans for "causing a stink" by carrying on routine military exercises with South Korea.

He and Austin are due to hold consultations with their South Korean counterparts in Seoul on Thursday.

But ultimately the relationship made no progress towards Washington's declared aim of denuclearising the North, which is under multiple worldwide sanctions for its banned weapons programmes.

The tone set by North Korea this time towards the US, how much would it impact the Biden administration's plans to deal with the North Korean denuclearization issue?

She reiterated her country's opposition to the joint military exercises - which North Korea describes as preparations for invasion - saying: "The South Korean government yet again chose the "March of War", the "March of Crisis". The chill in the ties that began under Trump has now extended into the Biden presidency.

North Korea would consider pulling out of an inter-Korean military agreement aimed at reducing tensions along their shared border, and would review whether to dissolve several organisations aimed at cooperation with the South, Kim said.

"Diplomacy continues to remain our first priority".

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