North Korea today denounced South Korea’s claim that Pyongyang sent a trio of spy drones across the border as a provocative “charade” organised by its “prostitute” president, Park Geun-Hye.
South Korea’s Defence Ministry said last week that an investigation into three crashed drones had provided “smoking gun” proof that they were all flown from the North.
Seoul said recovered data showed they had been pre-programmed to fly over South Korean military installations and then return to the North.
The drones were recovered in three different locations near the inter-Korean land-and-sea border between March 24 and April 6. One crashed due to an engine problem, while the other two ran out of fuel.
In a statement carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency, a military spokesman called the probe findings a “charade for confrontation”, and warned the US against being manipulated by its Asian ally and the ”disgraceful political prostitute” Park.
“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,” the unnamed spokesman said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.
South Korean Ministry of Defence spokesman Kim Min-seok said the North’s statement was “deeply regrettable” and said its denials were "absurd".
“It is foolish for North Korea to think it can cover the sky with its palm,” Kim told a regular news briefing today.
Labelling North Korea an abnormal state that exists for the sole pleasure of the ruling Kim dynasty, Kim said it would be best if it “vanished as soon as possible”.
North and South Korea are technically still at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.
The North Korean statement was the latest in a recent series of written attacks by the North against the South Korean president, whom it has previously likened to a “comfort woman”.
In April, North Korea described Barack Obama as Park’s “pimp”, and in an article this month launched a vicious racist diatribe aimed at US President Barack Obama.
In April, North Korea proposed a joint probe into the crashed drones with the South, but Seoul rejected the proposal.
The second drone was discovered soon after a three-hour artillery barrage between North and South Korea in waters near a disputed maritime border.
The two Koreas have stepped up their rhetoric in recent weeks, amid signs that North Korea is preparing to conduct a fourth nuclear test.