North Korea Lashes Out at U.S., Saying China Is Eclipsing It
North Korea lashes out at U.S saying china is eclipsing it.
The attack on the United States comes as President Trump is in an increasingly bitter standoff with China, blaming it for the spread of the coronavirus and threatening action over its weakening of Hong Kong’s autonomy. And it follows Mr. Trump’s sputtering efforts to court the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and get North Korea to give up its nuclear arms.
North Korea highlighted in a statement carried out by state media about the protests that’s consuming the United States over the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police
“Demonstrators enraged by the extreme racists crowd even to the White House,” said the statement published by Rodong Sinmun, North Korea’s main state-run newspaper. “This is the reality in the United States today. The American liberalism and democracy put the cap of leftist on the crowds demonstration and threaten even unleash dogs for suppression.”
The statement made from an arm of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, Mike Pompeo, the American secretary of state, for criticizing the Communist Party of China during television interview on Sunday. In the interview, Mr. Pompeo accused the Chinese party of being “intent upon the destruction of Western democracies, Western values, Western ideas.”
Mike Pompeo also said that the United States could work hand in hand with its allies around the globe, including South Korea, to “make sure that the next century remains a Western one modeled on the freedoms that we have here in the United States.”
The statement made by Rodong Sinmun said Mr. Pompeo’s remarks showed that “he is worried over the plight of the United States on the downhill side” in relation to an ascendant China.
“ Mr. Pompeo, who has been deeply preoccupied in espionage and plot-breeding against other countries, he has become too ignorant to distincts where the sun rises and where it sets,” the statement read.
North Korea also revealed over another development: the recent release of anti-North Korean leaflets by defectors from the North, who used balloons to send them across the border of inter-Korean. North Korea has long bristled at this propaganda tactic, as well as radio broadcasts from defectors in the South that depict Mr. Kim as a funny dictator playing with nuclear weapons.
In another statement carried Thursday by Kim Yo-jong, Rodong Sinmun, Mr. Kim’s sister and his de facto spokeswoman, assailed the propaganda campaign. “What matters is that those people scum hardly worth their value as human beings had the effrontery of blaming our supreme leadership and citing ‘nuclear issue,’” Ms. Kim said.
Ms. Kim said, if South Korea does not stop the leaflets, North Korea could scrap an agreement between Mr. Kim and South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, to operate a joint liaison office and cease all hostile military acts along the border.
They both agreed to ease tensions and improve relations during two summit meetings in 2018. Setting up the liaison office and ending cross-border propaganda were part of those agreements. But anti-North activists in the South, mainly defectors, have resumed their leaflet campaign in recent months.
Inter-Korean relations have chilled rapidly since Mr. Kim’s second summit meeting with the United States President, Donald Trump, held in Vietnam in February of last year, ended without agreeing on how to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear weapons program or when to ease United Nations sanctions imposed on the country. The isolation of North Korea’s economic has deepened since the global coronavirus outbreak.
Spokesman for South Korea’s Unification Ministry,Yoh Sang-key, reacting to Kim Yo-jong’s statement, criticized the defectors for raising tensions by releasing the leaflets.
Mr. Yoh indicated that South Korea was working on legislation to restrict the leaflet campaign. He also said that most of the leaflets had ended up south of the border, creating a mess.
Head of Fighters for Free North Korea, Park Sang-hak, a defectors’ organization that has sent leaflets across the border, said the group will not stop but continue in the act..
Mr. Park said in statement that “they are no longer slaves of North Korea, we are citizens of a free South Korea with an obligation to speak the truth. He called the Unification Ministry a “spokesman for North Korea.”
Ms. Kim’s statement about the propaganda reflects “Pyongyang’s desire to create a difference between the South Korean government and civil society,” said a professor of international studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Leif-Eric Easley.