Kim Jong Un, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said Sunday that he considers exercises such as “undesirable forecasting” to undermine the will of South and North Korean leaders to restore mutual trust. He was quoted by state media as saying that this would “cloud the way forward in relations between Koreans”.
Kim’s statement was an attempt to pressure Seoul in South Korea to cancel military maneuvers. Kim pointed out the summer maneuvers that US and South Korean joint forces usually start in August. The communist leadership in Pyongyang sees such maneuvers as preparation for an attack – a denial by Washington and Seoul.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Seoul fears that Seoul may run counter to efforts to renegotiate its nuclear weapons program with Pyongyang. In recent years, the United States and South Korea have already reduced some exercises for diplomatic reasons.
After a long radio silence, South and North Korea reopened their official communications links last Tuesday. According to both sides, it has been based on correspondence between Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in since April.
Kim’s sister explained that opening communication lines should not be understood as anything other than a “physical connection”. Speculation about a new Inter-Korean summit is in the offing.
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