The situation between North and South Korea is escalating.
NBC News reports that South Korea has now called an emergency meeting after Kim Yo Jong, the sister and aide to North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, threatened military action against the country.
The Next Step
Currently, there is a leaflet campaign going on against North Korea. Activists are attaching critical messages to balloons which they float over into the Hermit Kingdom.
On Saturday, Kim Yo Jung, in a public statement, criticized the liaison office on the North-South Korea border for not doing more to stop this campaign, calling North Korea defectors who are participating “human scum” and “mongrel dogs,” while threatening military action.
“By exercising my power authorized by the supreme leader, our party and the state, I gave an instruction to the arms of the department in charge of the affairs with [the] enemy to decisively carry out the next action,” she said. “Before long, a tragic scene of the useless North-South joint liaison office completely collapsed would be seen.”
Kim Yo Jung is now the Workers’ Party’s Central Committee first vice department director. Recently, when her brother dropped out of the public eye during the coronavirus pandemic, she rose to prominence with some believing that if anything were to happen to her brother that she would take over.
Her threat on Saturday comes after a statement from last weekend in which she announced that North Korea would be suspending all communication with South Korea.
South Korea’s Response
Although Kim Yo Jung was a bit vague about what she was threatening, South Korea has taken her message very seriously.
Following Kim Yo Jung’s statement, the South Korean government announced that it would legally pursue the defectors who are carrying out the leaflet campaign and that it would pass laws that would make the sending of leaflets by balloon over into North Korea illegal.
In response, the activists who are conducting the anti-North Korea campaign, have held protests.
Also, on Sunday, South Korea’s national security council called an emergency meeting in order to evaluate the situation and to decide how to respond to Kim Yo Jung’s message.
There is a lot of tension between North and South Korea at the moment, and the situation could get out of control in a hurry.