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North Korea rejects Seoul's 'silly' offer to exchange economic aid for denuclearization

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un's sister says her country is South Korea's President Yoon Seok-yeol's "stupid In a proposal to offer economic benefits in exchange for denuclearization measures,Seoulaccused North Korea of ​​reusing past proposals, which North Korea has already rejected.

Kim Yo-jong has no intention of giving up his nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs for economic cooperation, in a commentary published in North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun on Friday. He emphasized that: No one can trade that fate for corn cakes.

She said that while South Korea continued joint military exercises with the United States and could not stop civilian activists from flying anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets and other "dirty waste" across the country, He questioned the sincerity of South Korea's call for improved bilateral relations. national borders.

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She also mocked South Korea's military capabilities, saying South Korea launched its latest missile launch on Wednesday. He said he had misread the launch location of the launch test. Back to diplomacy.

Kim Yo-jong's newspaper column said she had threatened "lethal" retaliation against South Korea over her recent COVID-19 outbreak in North Korea last week. Published in the. by Southern activists.

Yoon, in a nationally televised address on Monday, proposed a "bold" economic aid package for North Korea if it takes steps to give up its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. . Offers of massive aid for food and health care, power generation systems and the modernization of seaports and airports were not meaningfully different from previous South Korean offers that were rejected by North Korea. Best survival guarantee.

Kim Yo-jung, one of the most powerful officials in his brother's government, which oversees inter-Korean relations, said Yoon displayed "the height of absurdity" in his offer, calling it a "dark blue."

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"His assumption that 'North Korea takes steps to I don't know if he knew that it was a prerequisite," she said. she said. "You can't trade everything. The great disdain is shown only to those who spin the tales that if they pay more, they will succeed in getting us to give up our nuclear weapons.

Disagreement over the easing of US-led economic sanctions against North Korea in exchange for disarmament measures led to the impasse in a major nuclear deal between North Korea and the US that derailed in early 2019.

Kim Yo-jong's threats over last week's leaflets portend provocations that could include nuclear and missile tests and even border skirmishes. I have concerns that there is. Tensions could rise further as the United States and South Korea begin next week's largest joint exercise in years to counter the North Korean threat. North Korea describes such drills as rehearsals for aggression and has often responded with missile tests and other provocations.

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News on Wednesday At the meeting, Minister Jung Yoon expressed hope for a meaningful dialogue with North Korea on disarmament assistance proposals. He said Seoul would be willing to provide corresponding economic rewards at each stage of the step-by-step denuclearization process if North Korea commits to a true "roadmap" towards abandoning its weapons program. While maintaining a low-key tone toward Pyongyang, Yoon says he has no plans to pursue his country's nuclear deterrence in the face of a growing North Korean threat and does not want political change in Pyongyang brought about by force. said.

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South Korean forces say North Korea launched two of her suspected cruise missiles into the sea. He said hours after detecting and identifying a site on the west coast of Oncheon. launch site. Kim Yo-jong said in a column that the weapon was actually fired from a bridge in the inland city of Anju, mocking the military capabilities of South Korea and the United States to monitor North Korea's missile activity. has not yet published details of its analyzed flight.

"If the (missile's) data and flight trajectory were known, the (South) would be embarrassed and frightened," said Kim Yo-jong. "It will be worth seeing how they explain it in front of people."

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More than 30 ballistic launches have been made so far, including includes the first intercontinental ballistic missile demonstration in nearly five years.

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North Korea's advanced testing activities purport to build up its arsenal and force the United States to accept the idea of ​​North Korea's nuclear arsenal. Experts stressing the dual intent are to enable them to negotiate economic and security concessions from a position of strength, experts say.

as there are indications that North Korea is preparing to conduct its first nuclear test since he claimed in September 2017 that he had developed a thermonuclear weapon that could be loaded onto an intercontinental ballistic missile. , Kim Jong-un could soon raise the stakes.

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