On Monday, the North said it has a loan of 12 million anti-South Korean leaflets and 3,000 balloons to transport them across the border, along with cigarette butts and other trash.
Most of the threats have been made in Mr. Kim’s name, but orchestrated by his sister, Kim Yo-jong, the influence of which his brother, the government has expanded in recent years. The analysts said, placing his sister at the front of North Korea is growing confrontation with Seoul and Washington, and in keeping himself out of the fray, Mr. Kim has kept diplomatic flexibility to defuse it.
The North’s sudden turn to the animosity with the South — and, by extension, the united States reflects a desire to unify the country, with an economy still challenged by the coronavirus in the event of a pandemic, and a deepening need to push them to make concessions on international sanctions, analysts have said.
South Korea have quickly taken this month to appease the North, committing itself to using the police to stop any attempt by the activists to send propaganda balloons to the North. The South has said that the leaflets do little other than provoke the North and created the garbage in the South because most of the balloons never make it across the border. Seoul is also pushing to revise domestic legislation to prohibit the sending of these leaflets.
At the same time, South Korea has expressed a strong discontent with the gross insults of the North has launched against its leader, Mr. Moon, and threatened retaliation if the North Korean military heightened the tension. Ms. Kim to a point called Mr. Moon “insane,” and his speech calling for peace on the peninsula “sickening.”
The tough rhetoric was a switch from the warm relations between Mr. Kim and Mr. Moon, which peaked in September 2018, when Mr. Kim let Mr. Moon to speak in front of a huge North Korean public, filling a stadium in Pyongyang, and the two leaders climbed Mount Paekdu, raising hands to the top of the volcanic mountain, at the border with China that the Koreans regarded the sacred cradle of their nation.