Kim Jong Un was infuriated by ‘soiled’ depiction of his spouse in South Korean propaganda: Russian envoy reveals ‘provocative imagery’ sparked North Korea’s anger
- Pyongyang has issued sequence of vitriolic condemnations over anti-North leaflets
- One included provocative imagery of the North’s First Girl Ri Sol Ju
- It sparked ‘critical outrage’ in Pyongyang, in line with Russian ambassador
North Korea’s fury over anti-Pyongyang leaflets launched from the South is pushed by ‘soiled, insulting’ depictions of chief Kim Jong Un’s partner, Russia’s high envoy within the reclusive nation has stated.
In latest weeks Pyongyang has issued a sequence of vitriolic condemnations over anti-North leaflets which defectors primarily based within the South ship throughout the militarised border – often connected to balloons or floated in bottles.
The campaigns have lengthy been some extent of rivalry between the 2 Koreas, however this time, Pyongyang upped the strain, blowing up a liaison workplace and threatening army measures.
Probably the most latest launches – carried out on Might 31 – had included provocative imagery of the North’s First Girl Ri Sol Ju (pictured collectively)
Pictured: An instance of a earlier anti-Pyongyang leaflet distributed into the DPRK from the South
Probably the most latest launches – carried out on Might 31 – had included provocative imagery of the North’s First Girl Ri Sol Ju, sparking ‘critical outrage’ in Pyongyang, in line with Russian ambassador to North Korea Alexander Matsegora.
Russia is a key ally of the remoted North and Matsegora is likely one of the longest serving ambassadors in Pyongyang.
‘The leaflets bore a particular sort of soiled, insulting propaganda, aimed on the chief’s partner,’ Matsegora instructed Russia’s TASS information company on Monday.
They had been photoshopped ‘in such a low-grade means’, he added, and served as ‘the final straw’ for the North.
It comes seven years after leaflets falsely claiming that Ri Sol Ju had made a porn movie had been allegedly distributed into the DPRK by an activist group in 2013.
Inter-Korean relations have been in deep freeze following the collapse of a summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump early final yr over what the nuclear-armed North can be prepared to surrender in trade for a loosening of sanctions.
‘The leaflets bore a particular sort of soiled, insulting propaganda, aimed on the chief’s partner,’ Matsegora instructed Russia’s TASS information company on Monday (Kim Jong Un and his spouse Ri Sol Ju pictured collectively)
Pyongyang turned its anger in opposition to Seoul quite than Washington, regardless of three summits between the North’s chief and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who brokered the primary Trump-Kim assembly in Singapore.
The impoverished nation is topic to a number of UN Safety Council sanctions over its banned weapons programmes.
The Russian diplomat additionally dismissed hypothesis that Kim’s youthful sister was being skilled as the subsequent chief of North Korea.
Since early June, Kim Yo Jong – a key adviser to her brother – has been the face of Pyongyang’s extremely aggressive stance in direction of the South over the leaflets.
North Korea blew up the liaison workplace days after she warned it will quickly be seen ‘utterly collapsed’, and later she referred to as Moon ‘disgusting’ and apparently ‘insane’.
Regardless of her ‘critical political and international coverage expertise’, Matsegora stated Kim Yo Jong was ‘quite younger’.
‘There may be completely no purpose to say that she is being skilled’ to take the helm, Matsegora stated.
‘Nobody dares to name themselves quantity two within the nation,’ he added.
‘I feel that for those who requested comrade Kim Yo Jong whether or not she was quantity two, she would reply with a powerful “no”.’