June 02, 2023

Rodong Sinmun blasts ‘bastard’ Lee Myung-bak over memoir

Allegations from former president's memoir result in new round of invective

North Korean state media has reacted harshly to assertions found in the memoir of former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, terming him a “lying bastard” and a “mad dog.”

The Rodong Sinmun editorial, published February 11, was in reaction to a recent memoir by Lee, who was president from 2008-13. In it Lee wrote that North Korea on more than one occasion suggested an inter-Korean summit but demanded massive cash payouts from the South. Lee has insisted that he rebuffed these requests.