Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, on Monday warned the Biden administration to "refrain from causing a stink," according to the state-run KCNA news agency.
Why it matters: Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are visiting South Korea and Japan for key meetings with the U.S. allies this week.
- Ramon Pacheco Pardo, a Korea expert at King's College London, noted in a statement that Kim's warning was an "attempt to change the narrative" from discussions with allies about China to "North Korea's threats to bring instability."
What she's saying: "We take this opportunity to warn the new U.S. administration trying hard to give off powder smell in our land," said Kim, who holds a high-ranking position in North Korea's only political party.
- "If it wants to sleep in peace for coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step."
- She also reiterated North Korea's opposition to the U.S. and South Korea's annual joint military exercises, accusing the nations of launching a "war game" against Pyongyang with the launch of the latest one on the Korean Peninsula this month.
Of note: The warning comes hours after White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the Biden administration had "not received any response" from North Korea on the issue of dialogue with the U.S.
- The Biden administration did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.