Kim Jong Un enraged at ‘dirty’ depiction of his wife in South Korean propaganda: Russian envoy reveals ‘provocative images’ sparked North Korea’s anger
- Pyongyang has issued a series of horrific sentences against anti-North leaflets
- One contained provocative images of the First Lady Ri Sol Ju in the north
- It caused “serious outrage” in Pyongyang, the Russian ambassador said
North Korea’s anger at the south-launched anti-Pyongyang leaflets is being driven by “dirty, offensive” images of the husband of leader Kim Jong Un, Russia’s best envoy in the reclusive country, he said.
In recent weeks, Pyongyang has issued a series of vicious condemnations of anti-North leaflets sending defectors in the South across the militarized border – usually balloon or bottle-driven.
The campaigns have long been a point of contention between the two Koreas, but this time Pyongyang increased pressure, blown up a liaison office and threatened military action.
One of the most recent launches – May 31 – featured provocative images of the First Lady Ri Sol Ju in the north (pictured together)
Picture: an example of an earlier anti-Pyongyang leaflet distributed in the DPRK from the south
One of the most recent launches – May 31 – featured provocative images of the First Lady Ri Sol Ju in the north, which, according to Russian ambassador to North Korea, Alexander Matsegora, led to “serious outrage” in Pyongyang.
Russia is a key ally of the isolated north, and Matsegora is one of the longest-serving ambassadors in Pyongyang.
“The leaflets carried a special kind of dirty, insulting propaganda aimed at the leader’s husband,” Matsegora told Russian news agency TASS on Monday.
They were photoshopped “in such a low-quality way,” he added, serving as “the last straw” for the north.
It comes seven years after leaflets falsely claimed that Ri Sol Ju had made a porn movie reportedly circulated by an activist group in the DPRK in 2013.
Relations between Korea and Korea are deeply frozen following the collapse of a summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump early last year on what the nuclear-armed North would be willing to give up in exchange for sanctions easing.
“The leaflets carried a special kind of dirty, insulting propaganda aimed at the leader’s husband,” Matsegora told Russian news agency TASS (Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju pictured together) on Monday.
Pyongyang aimed his anger at Seoul instead of Washington, despite three summits between North leader South Korea and President Moon Jae-in, who brokered the first Trump-Kim meeting in Singapore.
The impoverished country is subject to multiple UN Security Council sanctions for its banned weapons programs.
The Russian diplomat also rejected speculation that Kim’s younger sister was being trained as North Korea’s next leader.
Since the beginning of June, Kim Yo Jong – an important adviser to her brother – has been the face of Pyongyang’s very aggressive attitude towards the south over the leaflets.
North Korea blew the liaison office days after she warned that it would soon be seen “completely collapsed,” later calling Moon “disgusting” and apparently “insane.”
Despite her “serious experience in political and foreign policy,” Matsegora said Kim Yo Jong was “rather young.”
“There is absolutely no reason to say she is being trained” to take the helm, Matsegora said.
“No one dares to call themselves the number two in the country,” he added.
“I think if your comrade asked Kim Yo Jong if she was number two, she would answer with a strong” no. “