Korean war of words continues over drones
By Alex Jensen, Monday, May 12, 2014
SEOUL - South Korea claimed Monday that North Korea didn't deserve to be regarded as a country, saying its neighbor "should vanish as soon as possible."
“North Korea isn’t a real country is it? It doesn’t have human rights or freedom. It exists solely to prop up a single person," Seoul’s Defense Ministry Spokesperson Kim Min-seok told reporters.
Kim’s comments came after the North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) responded to accusations by South Korean and U.S. experts that drones found in recent weeks near the inter-Korean border had originated in the North.
“If Washington pays heed only to what its stooges trumpet, it is bound to be accused of being a senile grandfather trying to stop a child from crying,” KCNA said.
On Sunday, the North’s National Defense Commission had proposed that the two Koreas jointly investigate the drones, one of which had captured images over the South’s presidential office in Seoul before being discovered on South Korean soil.
Following the South’s rejection of the North’s offer, Defense Ministry Spokesperson Kim claimed the suggestion of a joint probe was "as absurd as a criminal demanding to investigate his/her own crime."
The North also defended Monday racist remarks directed towards U.S. President Barack Obama following his visit to South Korea last month, insisting they were “a proper reaction.”
The U.S. National Security Council had said via a spokesperson last week that “while the North Korean government-controlled media are distinguished by their histrionics, these comments are particularly ugly and disrespectful.”
South Korea and the U.S. have long been the object of verbal attacks by the North, as the Koreas remain still technically at war following the 1953 truce that brought fighting to a close in the Korean War.
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