The offensive Ms. Kim has made on Wednesday a first victim policy in South Korea. The minister of unification, Kim Yeon-chul, resigned, taking responsibility for the deterioration of relations with the North, which followed the unsuccessful efforts of the South to mediate between North Korea and the United States.
Turn suddenly from the North to the animosity with the South – and, by extension, the United States – may reflect a desire to unify the country in the face of an economy which is still hampered by the outbreak of coronavirus and a growing need to push for concessions on the sanctions, said Leif-Eric Easley, professor of international studies at the University Ewha Womans in Seoul.
Placing Kim in the foreground of the confrontation growing in North Korea with Seoul and Washington may also give Mr. Kim a “flexible diplomacy” if he wants to change course, ” said Mr. Easley.
Regardless of the motivation behind the growing tension, this has clarified one thing: Kim has consolidated its position as the true no. 2 in the government of his brother, said Lee Seong-hyon, an analyst at the Sejong Institute, a research centre of South Korea.
“When she leads the offensive against South Korea as a general, it silenced these old hardliners of the Politburo who may think that it may not be the leader,” said Mr. Lee.