And a third statement attributed to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un̵
Biden and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in will meet in Washington later this month.
North Korea’s statements were more focused on what it saw as an insult to Biden, the State Department and the South Korean government, and all used the bombastic language common in North Korean statements of opposition or discontent.
In response to comments from the State Department on human rights in North Korea, the North Korean Foreign Ministry said that the United States “has no right to even discuss human rights.”
“The United States, where innocent people lose their lives to social inequality and racism every day, where 580,000 people have died from a new coronavirus, is itself a human rights gap,” the statement said.
Kwon Jong Gun, director general of the U.S. Department of State’s North Korean Affairs Department, said Biden’s speech to North Korea during his speech was a “big blunder” indicative of an “outdated policy in terms of point and point of view of the Cold War. “
“His statement clearly reflects his intention to continue to pursue a hostile policy toward the DPRK, as the United States has done for more than half a century,” Kuon said, using the acronym for North Korea, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “Now that the main report of the DPRK’s new policy in the United States has become clear, we will be forced to insist on appropriate measures, and over time the United States will find itself in a very difficult situation.”
Kim’s statement came in response to an activist organization led by a North Korean deserter, which released balloons in North Korea carrying money and propaganda leaflets against North Korea in an attempt to provide people in one of the world’s toughest dictatorships with uncensored information about their country and outside world.
Kim said North Korea could not hide its dissatisfaction with the “dirty deeds” committed by the deserters, whom it called “human waste” and “dirty human garbage”.
“We see the maneuvers carried out by human waste in the south as a serious provocation against our country and we will consider the relevant actions,” she said.
North Korea claims that sending leaflets is a direct violation of the agreement reached at the Inter-Korean Summit in April 2018. As part of the deal, both North and South Korea agreed to end “all hostilities and the elimination of their funds.” , including broadcasting through loudspeakers and distributing leaflets “along their common border. However, the text does not differentiate between government – led and private – led campaigns.
Since then, the South Korean government has passed a controversial law that makes these publications illegal. Critics say the law restricts freedom of speech just to reassure North Korea. However, Kim said Pyongyang believed Seoul had given “tacit approval” to the deserters.
“Whatever decision we make and whatever action we take, the responsibility for the consequences will lie entirely with the South Korean authorities, who have failed to control the dirty human excrement,” Kim said.
Experts say North Korea may be trying to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul before Luna and Biden meet on May 21, using Moon’s desire for reconciliation in the final year of his presidency.
“The leaflet dispute is one of the ways Pyongyang is trying to divide Washington and Seoul by opposing South Korea’s domestic policy. Proponents of the leaflets tend to exaggerate the effectiveness of sending bottles and balloons to North Korea. Meanwhile, supporters. the recent ban on leaflets exaggerates the importance of such legislation for the safety of residents in border areas, “said Leif-Eric Isley, an associate professor of international studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul.
“Yet it is no exaggeration to say that Moon’s ruling party is adjusting domestic legislation in hopes of renewing inter-Korean engagement.”