North Korean youth group burns effigies of Yoon, Biden

Seoul, May 3 (EFE).- North Korean youth league representatives held a large rally to criticize the recent military agreement between Seoul and Washington by allegedly burning effigies of the South Korean and American Presidents Yoon Suk-yeol and Joe Biden respectively, state media reported Wednesday.

The Socialist Patriotic Youth League rally was held Monday at the so-called Sinchon Museum on American war atrocities, about 70 kilometers southwest of Pyongyang, North Korean state agency KCNA said.

According to the article, during the act “stick figures of the aggressors and provocateurs were burned” in an apparent reference to Yoon and Biden.

Representatives of the Socialist Patriotic Youth League and other student groups called Yoon’s recent state visit to the United States “the most hostile, aggressive and humiliating act in bowing to the United States” and accused both leaders of welcoming a nuclear war.

The agreement reached last week between Yoon and Biden in Washington, which strengthens the mechanisms by which the Pentagon undertakes to defend South Korea from a northern attack, has drawn harsh condemnation from the North Korean regime.

North Korean state media also published Wednesday several pieces in which they criticize this pact from various angles, citing anonymous experts from China or Russia or the coverage of South Korean media and even the New York Times.

Kim Yo-hong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, also condemned the deal on Apr. 29. The so-called Washington Declaration is a commitment by which the US agrees to mobilize all its military resources, including its nuclear assets, to defend South Korea.

The pact comes after North Korea publicly displayed for the first time its tactical nuclear warheads with which it can attack the South or Japan and also launched a new, more efficient ballistic missile with the potential to hit the US.

The actions of the regime, which has conducted a record number of weapons tests in the past two years, have raised concerns among South Koreans, most of whom, according to polls, believe the country should develop its own nuclear arsenal that will also serve as a deterrent to Beijing. EFE


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