The sister of North Korean president Kim Jong Un has told South Korea’s president to “shut his mouth” as she rejected an offer of economic aid in return for nuclear disarmament.
Kim Yo Jong, a member of North Korea’s politburo, also described South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol as “really simple and still childish”.
“No one barters its destiny for corn cake,” she added in a statement released by state news agency KCNA.
South Korea’s unification minister, Kwon Young-se, described her comments as “disrespectful and indecent”.
It is the first time that a senior North Korean official has commented directly on what Mr Yoon has called an “audacious” plan.
He has said he is willing to provide phased economic aid to North Korea if it ends nuclear weapons development and begins denuclearisation.
But Ms Kim was scathing in her denouncement of the idea, saying of Mr Yoon: “It would have been more favourable for his image to shut his mouth, rather than talking nonsense as he had…