Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has threatened South Korea with nuclear retaliation if provoked after Seoul highlighted its supposed pre-emptive strike capabilities against the North. Al Jazeera reports that she stressed that while North Korea did not want another war on the Korean peninsula, it would retaliate with its nuclear forces if the South opts for pre-emptive strikes or other attacks, which would leave the South’s military “little short of total destruction and ruin”. It was her second angry retort to South Korea defence minister Suh Wook’s comments in three days, having previously described the remarks as “reckless” and said the South should “discipline itself if it wants to stave off disaster”.