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Pence calls Kim Yo Jong ‘central pillar of the most tyrannical and oppressive regime’

Pence calls Kim Yo Jong ‘central pillar of the most tyrannical and oppressive regime’

Posted February. 24, 2018 07:45,   

Updated February. 24, 2018 07:45

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence strongly blasted Kim Yo Jong ahead of White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump’s attendance at the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The U.S. State Department did not express opposition to a South Korea visit by Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, as chief of the North Korean delegation, but publicly revealed its discontent.

"For all the media fawning over the sister of the North Korean dictator, I think it’s important that every American knows who this person is and what she’s done," Pence said in his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland on Thursday. “The sister of Kim Jong Un is a central pillar of the most tyrannical and oppressive regime on the planet, an evil family clique that brutalizes, subjugates, starves and imprisons its 25 million people.”

The State Department also sought to keep in check Kim Yong Chol, who reportedly masterminded the sinking of South Korean naval corvette Cheonan. In her media briefing on Thursday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said she hopes to see Kim (Yong Chol) take a time to visit the (Cheonan) memorial and ask himself what he is responsible for.


Yong Park parky@donga.com