According to the media report, Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean president Kim Jong Un, was broadly indulged in a statement condemning South Korea for the recent shooting of a South Korean official after she was furious by public discussion of North Korea’s human rights situation by UN officials.
As per the Daily NK source in North Korea on Monday, Kim Yo Jong ordered the Central Committee’s United Front Department to write a public report that will highlight South Korea’s responsibility for the shooting on Oct. 28 – one day before the Korean Central News Agency report.
On Oct. 29, the KCNA had written, “[T]he recent inglorious incident in the waters of the West Sea of Korea was the result of improper control of the citizen by the south side in the sensitive hotspot at a time when there are tension and danger due to the vicious virus sweeping the whole of South Korea.”
The source said, “Originally, [the authorities] were going to put a lid on the issue by sending a personal letter by Kim Jong Un through the United Front Department. But with the incident being discussed in the UN and [South Korea’s] conservative clique egging on the family [of the bereaved] to turn it into an international human rights issue, it seems the leadership couldn’t just sit by.”
The source further said, “Lighting a fire with North Korea’s human rights issue is stabbing [the North Korean authorities] where it hurts the most.”
The UN’s special report on human rights in North Korea, Tomás Ojea Quintana, officially stated the shooting incident during his report to the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee on Oct. 23.
Quintana criticized the North, saying that North Korean troops shot dead the South Korean official and burned the body and that “[t]he incident seems to entail an unlawful and arbitrary killing of a civilian who was not exhibiting any imminent threat to the life of the security guards, which is in violation of international human rights law.”