Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014

North Korea denies drone spying, calls South Korean President ‘prostitute’

Kim Min-seok South Korean Defence Minister Kim Min-seok termed the North's statement as deeply regrettable (AP photo)
Reuters | Seoul | Posted: May 12, 2014 9:24 am | Updated: May 12, 2014 9:31 am

North Korea on Monday accused US and South Korean authorities of fabricating the results of a probe that concluded that Pyongyang sent small surveillance drones to spy on key South Korean installations in March.

A spokesman for the North’s military attacked the United States for what it said was a blindly-backed confrontational conspiracy devised by the government of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, calling him a “political prostitute”.

“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 news agency.

South Korean Ministry of Defence spokesman Kim Min-seok termed the North’s statement as “deeply regrettable”.

“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,” said Kim at a briefing in Seoul.

Earlier in a statement, the North Korea has previously likened the South Korean President to a “comfort woman”.

In April, North Korea described Barack Obama as Park’s “pimp”, and in an article this month called the US President a “wicked black monkey”.

South Korean and US officials jointly examined three drones that were recovered in three different locations near the Korean border over a two-week period starting in late March.

In April, North Korea proposed a joint probe into the crashed drones with the South, but Seoul rejected the proposal.

North Korea said in the statement the joint investigation into the origin of the drones was a “charade”, designed to divert public criticism of the South Korean government’s handling of the Sewol ferry tragedy.

Park’s government has faced continued criticism for not initiating a swifter initial response that could have saved many more lives.

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