North Korea’s leader’s niece, Kim Yo Jong, has cautioned the Biden administration against “making a stink at its first move,” just hours after the White House said it had not obtained a response from Pyongyang after it began reaching out to the hermit nation in February.
North Korea has a much closer friendship with the former Trump administration, as Trump and Kim met twice and even exchanged letters on a daily basis.
Following the White House’s admission that it has been trying to reach out to North Korea since last month, Kim Yo Jong, who is the country’s second leader has now warned the US.
“We take this opportunity to warn the new US administration trying hard to give off powder smell in our land,” she said in a statement, according to the country’s state news agency.
“If it wants to sleep in peace for (the) coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step,” she said.
The warning comes as the US and South Korea conduct scaled-down, simulated military exercises and US Secretary of State Tony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin touched down in the region for meetings with their Japanese and South Korean counterparts.