South Korea’s Blue House revealed on Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a letter to his counterpart in South Korea in which he conveyed a “message of comfort” to the South Korean people as they struggle with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
In his letter, Kim said he remains confident that South Korea will prevail in this fight and wished for the good health of the “brethren in the South.” Kim also expressed that he was “worried” about South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s health and expressed his “unwavering friendship and trust” towards President Moon.
The exchange of personal letters comes at an interesting time for the two nations. Inter-Korean diplomacy has failed to yield major developments since Moon and Kim’s first historic summit in 2018, and North Korea’s rhetoric has gotten increasingly hostile toward the South.
In fact, just days ago Kim Yo Jong — Kim Jong Un’s sister and the only member of the ruling family to visit South Korea — likened Seoul to a “frightened dog barking” for expressing worries over North Korea’s short-range missile test on Monday.