North Korea has confirmed plans to hold a military parade to mark the end of the 8th Party Congress of the ruling Korean Workers’ Party, with one of the country’s most senior officials scrutinizing South Korea’s coverage in the lead-up to the event.
Kim Yo Jong, who serves now as vice department director of the Central Committee of the Korean Workers’ Party and is the sister of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, issued a statement Tuesday touting the success of the major party gathering in Pyongyang and announced there would be several events held “soon to celebrate the successful congress,” according to a report by the official Korean Central News Agency.
But referring to South Korean military comments made amid speculation that a military parade would be held as was the case during the 7th Party Congress in 2016, she took exception at the manner in which Seoul was examining its neighbor’s activities.
“What is weird is that the joint chiefs of staff of south Korea made a senseless statement that they captured the north opening a military parade at midnight on Jan. 10 and they are in the middle of making precision tracking,” Kim Yo Jong said.
She complained specifically about certain phrases such as “capturing of event” and “precision tracking,” calling them “a clear expression of the south Korean authorities’ hostile approach toward the fellow countrymen in the north.”
“We are only holding a military parade in the capital city, not military exercises targeting anybody nor launch of anything. Why do they take trouble craning their neck to follow what’s happening in the north,” Kim Yo Jong said. “The southerners are a truly weird group hard to understand.”