SEOUL (Reuters) – Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said on Sunday that if South Korea carries out a planned joint military exercise with the United States, it will damage the determination of the two Koreas to rebuild relations. reported the state media KCNA.
Kim Yo Jong also said that a recent decision to reestablish direct lines between the two Koreas should be seen as nothing more than reconnecting “physical” ties, and that it would be “unthinking” to assume that the summits are just around the corner.
His comments come as North and South Korea are in talks to hold a summit as part of efforts to restore relations. Washington and Seoul are scheduled to hold a joint military exercise in late August.
“Our government and our armed forces will closely monitor whether the South Koreans go ahead with aggressive war exercises or make a big decision. Hope or despair? That is not up to us,” Kim Yo Jong said in a statement issued by KCNA. .
The two Koreas, still technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a ceasefire, reconnected direct lines that the North cut off in June last year on Tuesday.
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