South Korean President Park Geun-hye “should be buried in (a) cemetery as soon as possible,” a spokesperson for Pyongyang’s Joint National Organization of Working People has said.
The suggestion, which came amid a series of complaints about remarks that Park delivered on August 15 to mark the 70th anniversary of Korean liberation from Japanese rule, was highlighted by state media outlet the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) on Wednesday.
“What she should do for the nation is to leave Cheongwadae, the doghouse of the U.S., shut her unshapely mouth and get her crime-ridden body buried in the ceremony at an early date,” the statement said.
In particular, the spokesperson complained about remarks Park made about the potential for Pyongyang to emulate Cuba and Iran’s normalization with the United States, its failure to “take up repeated offers for dialogue,” and its policy of “conducting purges that are unlike any other in the world.”
Instead, the spokesperson said it was South Korea that should change and not the North, complained that offers for dialogue under the Park administration had been insincere, and that purges were an “essential means for the puppet forces to prop up their regime as they resort to repression and bestial suppression.”
The spokesperson’s comments come amid ever-worsening inter-Korean relations, with the two Koreas last week resuming propaganda broadcasts designed to undermine each other’s leadership following a mine explosion which maimed two South Korean soldiers the week before.
One observer said that hopes the 70th anniversary of Korean liberation might have otherwise fostered warmer relations between Pyongyang and Seoul had been misplaced.
“All year, North Korea has been promoting the anniversary of the Workers’ Party on October 10 as more important than the anniversary of liberation from Japanese rule,” said Christopher Green, a North Korea researcher and Ph.D candidate at the University of Leiden.
“It would be misguided to imagine that the shared memory of 1945 would bring about a moment of emotional connection between brothers. That isn’t what North Korea is using 2015 for.”
Amid other remarks about the South Korean economy and Seoul’s growing cultural power, Park warned that her nation’s military was ready to respond to threats from the DPRK.
“The government will respond firmly to any and all North Korean provocations that jeopardize the safety and security of our people,” she said, adding that Pyongyang must “break free of the delusion” that provocation and belligerence will sustain its leadership.
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