By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Saks, accused the “liberal media elite” of glamorizing the sister of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, Kim Yo Jong, after her attendance at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
“What the liberal media elite like CNN and The New York Times has done is sickening to me,” Rogers said. “Her brother Kim Jong-un is a murderer and his regime in its brutality forces its people to live a Stone Age existence. He threatens the world with nuclear war, starves the people in his own country and tortured American student Otto Warmbier to the point that he passed away once he was returned to the United States. Kim Yo Jong is not only a part of that cruel family, but is a part of the brutal regime. Nothing should be romanticized about her as she is an enemy.”
“Without a word, only flashing smiles, Kim Jong Un’s sister outflanked Vice President Mike Pence in diplomacy,” the New York Times wrote on Twitter.
“Kim Jong Un’s sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics,” CNN wrote.
“If ‘diplomatic dance’ were an event at the Winter Olympics, Kim Jong Un’s younger sister would be favored to win gold,”…..“Seen by some as her brother’s answer to American first daughter Ivanka Trump, Kim, 30, is not only a powerful member of Kim Jong Un’s kitchen cabinet but also a foil to the perception of North Korea as antiquated and militaristic,” CNN.
Kim Yo Jong is a senior member of the North Korean delegation and is the head of the North Korean propaganda department.
Vice President Mike Pence headed the American delegation. Pence said that he chose to ignore Kim Yo Jong.
“I didn’t believe it was proper for the United States of America to give any countenance or attention in that form to someone who’s not merely the sister of the dictator but is the leader of the propaganda effort,” Pence told Axios’s Mike Allen.
In 1905 Japan won the Russo-Japanese War. The agreement gave Japan a sphere of influence over Korea. Without Russia or China as viable allies the Japanese were able to force the Greater Korean Empire’s emperor Gojong to abdicate in favor his son in 1907. The international community accepted that Korea was a Japanese protectorate.
In 1910 Korea was seized by the Japanese Empire and colonial rule was established. In 1945 at the close of World War II, Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union declared war on Japan and Korea was invaded. In the uneasy peace that ended World War II, the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. were granted a joint trusteeship over the country. That did not work and the country was partitioned into two states the People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea, each claiming to be the legitimate government of Korea.
The Soviets installed Korean Red Army officer, Kim Il Sung as premier. In 1950 his Soviet backed forces invaded the South, sparking the Korean War, where the U.S. and its allies drove the North Koreans out of the South; but were unable to reunite the two Koreas after Mao Tse Tung’s China invaded in support of the Korean Communists.
Kim Il Sung ruled North Korea until his death in 1994, when his son, Kim Jong Il, took over rule of the country. He has pursued a policy of building nuclear weapons and missile technology in defiance of the international community.
(Original reporting by the Hill’s Joe Concha contributed to this report.)