Kim’s sister says North Korea nukes could ‘eliminate’ South
North Korea opposes war but would use nuclear weapons if South Korea attacked, Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of leader Kim Jong Un, said on Tuesday
Kim Yo-jong's warning, carried in state media, was her second angry retort in three days to comments made by South Korea's defence chief Suh Wook last week
Suh had said Friday that South Korea's military had missiles with "the ability to accurately and quickly hit any target in North Korea when there are clear signs of North's missile launch".
In response, Kim Yo-jong said it was a "very big mistake" for "lunatic" Suh to have discussed a pre-emptive strike against a nuclear power, according to the report in KCNA.
In another statement directed toward Suh on Sunday, she called him a "scum-like guy" and warning that the South may face a "serious threat" because of his comments.
Her statements come amid tensions over North Korea's accelerating weapons tests this year, including its first test of a long-range missile since 2017 on March 24,
as her brother revives nuclear brinkmanship aimed at pressuring Washington to accept the North as a nuclear power and remove crippling sanctions.
Senior Seoul official under the Moon government to discuss openly about North Korea's rising missile and nuclear threats.