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 collection of vitriolic condemnations over anti-North leaflets
- One included provocative imagery of the North’s First Girl Ri Sol Ju
- It sparked ‘severe outrage’ in Pyongyang, based on 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 mentioned.
In current weeks Pyongyang has issued a collection of vitriolic condemnations over anti-North leaflets which defectors based mostly 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 stress, blowing up a liaison workplace and threatening army measures.
One of the current launches – carried out on Could 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
One of the current launches – carried out on Could 31 – had included provocative imagery of the North’s First Girl Ri Sol Ju, sparking ‘severe outrage’ in Pyongyang, based on Russian ambassador to North Korea Alexander Matsegora.
Russia is a key ally of the remoted North and Matsegora is among the longest serving ambassadors in Pyongyang.
‘The leaflets bore a particular type of soiled, insulting propaganda, aimed on the chief’s partner,’ Matsegora instructed Russia’s TASS information company on Monday.
They have been photoshopped ‘in such a low-grade manner’, 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 have 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 could be prepared to surrender in change for a loosening of sanctions.
‘The leaflets bore a particular type 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 towards Seoul moderately 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 educated 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 might quickly be seen ‘fully collapsed’, and later she referred to as Moon ‘disgusting’ and apparently ‘insane’.
Regardless of her ‘severe political and international coverage expertise’, Matsegora mentioned Kim Yo Jong was ‘moderately younger’.
‘There’s completely no cause to say that she is being educated’ to take the helm, Matsegora mentioned.
‘Nobody dares to name themselves quantity two within the nation,’ he added.
‘I believe that if you happen to requested comrade Kim Yo Jong whether or not she was quantity two, she would reply with a powerful “no”.’