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Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong has slammed a South Korean Foreign Minister and insists the official will "pay dearly" for her "reckless remarks" about North Korea, it has been reported.
The North Korean dictator’s sister reportedly spoke out against Kang Kyung-wha, the Foreign Minister of South Korea, after she rubbished Pyongyang’s claims of zero Covid-19 cases.
Kang told the annual IISS Manama Dialogue Security Conference: "They still say they don’t have any cases, which is hard to believe.
"All signs are that the regime is very intensely focused on controlling the disease that they say they don’t have, so it’s a bit of an odd situation."
According to Yohap News, a South Korean News Agency, Kim shot back at the claims on December and warned Kang about her "reckless remarks."
In a statement published by the state-run Korean Central News Agency, Kim was quoted as saying: "It can be seen from the reckless remarks made by her without any consideration of the consequences that she is too eager to further chill the frozen relations between the north and south of Korea.
"We will never forget her words and she might have to pay dearly for it."
The 32-year-old, who serves as her brother’s deputy, was rumoured to have been dead after last being pictured on July 27.
Her disappearance came after rumours surfaced of Kim’s ailing health, which poised the powerful woman to take over.
Kim had even been given more power while her brother battled ongoing health issues, fuelling fears the dictator had executed his sister after returning to power.
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North Korea expert Professor Nam Sung-wook, of Korea University told The Chosun Ilbo: "In the past, anyone was deprived of their position the moment they were described as the number two person in the North.
"There must be a semblance of checks and balances, although Kim Yo-jong is a family member."
According to reports, Kim has allegedly executed people he sees as a threat before, including one family member.
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His father's son-in-law Jang Song-thaek was reportedly set to take over from Kim Jong-il after he died but Jang disappeared in 2013.
Despite the rumours, Kim reappeared and a source previously told North Korean online newspaper Daily NK that citizens would see Kim Yo-jong's leadership as an "insult."
A source said: "Kim Yo-jong essentially has no chance of taking over the reins given that she is not considered a 'real' successor to Kim Jong-un.
"If Kim Yo-jong gained power, this would be an insult to the people (in other words, the people would not accept her taking over power)."
- North Korea Dprk
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