A top North Korean diplomat on Saturday urged South Korea to stop what it described as “nonsensical” talk about efforts towards the country’s denuclearization, in a statement urging Seoul not to meddle in the country’s relations with the U.S.
The comments by Kwon Jong Gun — who heads the DPRK foreign ministry’s North America Department — came in response to remarks by a South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official on Friday, in which they called for continued efforts towards denuclearization and peace on the peninsula.
“It is really preposterous to hear the balderdash of south Korean authorities-who do not have either any qualification to discuss, or the position to poke their noses into, the matters between the DPRK and the U.S.,” Kwon said in the statement, carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), deploying a number of insulting idioms in an extended missive warning Seoul not to get involved in DPRK-U.S. and nuclear affairs.
“Having been long forsaken like a good-for-nothing cucumber stalk thrown into swill, they should have now been aware too well of their sad lot,” he continued. “It is really pitiful that they are still irrationally mouthing denuclearization, like a monk chanting the prayers.”
Despite previous warnings not to play mediator between Pyongyang and Washington, Kwon complained, Seoul continued to “meddle.”
“How pathetic and miserable they are!” he said, stressing that fault for the lack of progress in DPRK-U.S. diplomacy lay in Washington’s failure to provide Pyongyang with adequate concessions.
“Just looking at their demeanor of repeating denuclearization like a parrot, I cannot repress my judgment of how dull they really are,” he added, describing Seoul as being like a young child “burping after drinking a still water.”
Saturday’s statement from one of North Korea’s top diplomats comes just hours after another commentary from the head of the country’s United Front Department (UFD), which is tasked with relations with the South.
Those remarks warned that the country would soon take “painful” retaliation against South Korea, saying that its trust in Seoul to uphold inter-Korean agreements had been “shattered” by the government’s failure to stop activists from sending anti-regime leaflets into the North.
It comes amid a sustained increase in tensions between the two Koreas over that issue — tensions which have seen the North sever all lines of communication and say it now regarded the South as an “enemy.”
A statement from Pyongyang’s foreign ministry on Thursday also warned the U.S. not to meddle in that dispute, threatening “horrible” consequences if it did.
Saturday’s comments by Kwon did, however, appear to leave to door open to dialogue with the U.S. on other issues, while promising the country would continue a planned escalation of military development first ordered by leader Kim Jong Un in December.
“I want to make it clear that we will continue to build up our force in order to overpower the persistent threats from the United States, and such efforts of ours are in fact continuing at this point of time,” he said.
“If they want to deal with us, they will have to approach us after racking their brains and founding a different method.”
A top North Korean diplomat on Saturday urged South Korea to stop what it described as "nonsensical" talk about efforts towards the country's denuclearization, in a statement urging Seoul not to meddle in the country's relations with the U.S.
The comments by Kwon Jong Gun -- who heads the DPRK foreign ministry's North America Department -- came in response to remarks by a South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official on Friday, in which they called for continued efforts towards denuclearization and peace on the peninsula.