Former President Donald Trump managed to achieve a historic breakthrough with North Korea and developed a friendly rapport with communist dictator Kim Jong Un that helped to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula and surrounding region.
That accomplishment, like so many others from Trump’s presidency, appears to have been tossed by the wayside with the change in administrations, as a top North Korean leader just issued a not-so-subtle threat that warned President Joe Biden to refrain from causing a “stink” that could result in a conflict, Breitbart reported.
Warning issued from North Korea
The threat, which did not specifically name Biden but addressed the “new U.S. administration,” was contained within a broader message published across North Korean media outlets by Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the dictator and a top official in the communist regime.
Her statement was focused on criticizing recent military readiness drills conducted by South Korea and was replete with threats of consequences and retaliatory measures if those exercises were to continue.
Near the end of the message, Kim said, without further explanation, “We take this opportunity to warn the new U.S. administration trying hard to give off powder smell in our land. If it wants to sleep in peace for coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step.”
While it wasn’t entirely clear exactly what Kim Yo-jong meant in her remarks, the reference to creating a “powder smell” could have been in regard to additional sanctions or military action the Biden administration is contemplating. The reference to the administration’s “first step” could be in regards to upcoming high-level meetings involving officials from China, Japan and South Korea.
North Korea ignores new administration
One thing that has been made clear is that nascent efforts by the new administration to conduct diplomatic dialogue with the North Korean regime have been rejected, as per a recent report from Reuters.
That report, which cited an unnamed senior Biden official, claimed that multiple efforts by the administration to reach out to the North Koreans through a variety of channels had all been met with no response.
The official said that North Korea had gone quiet nearly a year ago and asserted that even some efforts by the Trump administration in its final months had similarly been met with no response.
Psaki confirms report
During Monday’s White House press briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the Reuters report from the weekend and confirmed that the anonymous source was correct.
“I can confirm that we have reached out,” Psaki said. She then briefly discussed the diplomatic conversations with allies in the region, like Japan and South Korea, and stressed that the goal remains an overall de-escalation of tensions. “But, to date, we have not received any response,” she said of North Korea.
However, when asked during a press gaggle Tuesday for a response to North Korea’s message, Psaki replied, “We don’t have a direct comment or response to the comments made from North Korea,” and instead directed their attention to the upcoming meetings with Japan and South Korea.