© Reuters. File picture: Kim Yo-jung, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, attended the wreath-devotion ceremony at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam on March 2, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/Pool/File Photo
SEOUL (Reuters)-North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister Kim Yo-jong said on Sunday that if South Korea and the United States conduct a planned joint military exercise, it will undermine the two countries’ determination to rebuild relations, the state media KCNA reported.
Kim Yo-jung also stated that the recent decision to restore the hotline between the two countries should not be seen as reconnecting the “physical” connection, and it is “indiscreet” to assume that the summit is about to come.
Her remarks come as North Korea and South Korea are negotiating to hold a summit as part of efforts to restore relations. Washington and Seoul will hold joint military exercises later in August.
Kim Yoo-jung said in a statement issued by the Korean Central News Agency: “Our government and military will pay close attention to whether the Koreans will continue aggressive war exercises or make major decisions. Hope or despair? It does not depend on the decision. To us.”.
After the 1950-53 conflict ended with a ceasefire, the two North Koreas were still technically at war, and the hotline that North Korea cut off in June last year was reconnected on Tuesday.
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