North Korea has slammed President Moon Jae-in who described the regime's missile tests as provocations, threatening of a "complete destruction" of relations between the two Koreas.
In a statement released by the North's state media late Wednesday, Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, said that if the president joins in slandering the regime, there will be counteractions, which will ultimately lead to the complete destruction of inter-Korean ties.
She also expressed regret over President Moon using the word 'provocation,' a word she said that reporters use thoughtlessly.
She explained the regime's launches are normal self-defense rather than provocations.
Kim elaborated that the regime is currently focused on the key tasks of its five-year plan on defense science and weapon systems development.
However, Kim left room for a change in ties going forward, saying Seoul should be careful about its words and actions.
It's unusual for Pyeongyang to fire missiles when China, its biggest ally, is carrying out diplomatic engagement, as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has been in Seoul with his South Korean counterpart to discuss North Korea and other issues.
It's also unusual for the regime to specifically mention President Moon's name, as previous criticisms against Moon have described him instead as "South Korean authorities."
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.