Kim Jong Un’s Sister Publicly Derides National Security Adviser’s Comment

By Li Hai*

Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, waits for the start of the preliminary round of the women’s hockey game between Switzerland and the combined Koreas at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea on Feb. 10, 2018. (Felipe Dana/AP Photo)

Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, decried National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan’s recent comments, saying his expectation of resuming talks between the two countries “would plunge them into a greater disappointment.”

In response to Kim Jong Un’s command last week ordering officials to prepare for both dialogue and confrontation, Sullivan told ABC News on Sunday that “His comments this week we regard as an interesting signal. And we will wait to see whether they are followed up with any kind of more direct communication to us about a potential path forward.”

Kim Yo Jong, vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, issued a statement on Tuesday, scorning Sullivan’s rhetoric.

“I heard the news that the U.S. National Security Adviser had mentioned that he regards the position towards the U.S. as an ‘interesting signal,’ which the Plenary Meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea clarified this time,” Kim Yo Jong said.

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