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North Korea ridicules Seoul’s offer to trade nuclear weapons for economic aid

A North Korean leader has rejected a proposal from Seoul offering economic support in exchange for denuclearization, calling the notion “ridiculous” and “the height of absurdity”.

Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and a senior official in her own right, ridiculed South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol’s offer. He said they would help raise North Korea’s standard of living if the country’s leaders abandoned their ambitions to become a nuclear power.

In a statement released by the state-run Korean Central News Agency, Ms. Kim said Mr Yoon’s “bold plan” was not a new idea but a copy of a proposal they had rejected a decade ago.

“The fact that he has copied the policy towards the north, already thrown into the dustbin of history, and called it a ‘bold plan’ shows that he is really foolish,” he said. “It’s very simple and still childish.”

South Korean officials said on Friday they regretted Ms Kim’s “rude comments” about their president.

“North Korea’s attitude like this is never helpful for its future and peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula and only accelerates North Korea’s international isolation,” according to a statement released by the office presidential in Seoul.


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