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S. Korea's ruling party bashes N. Korea for slandering Park

2016/02/22 13:46

SEOUL, Feb. 22 (Yonhap) -- The floor leader of South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party denounced North Korea Monday for insulting President Park Geun-hye.

"For North Korea to throw expletives at President Park after its series of provocations... is a shameless act and is no different from an act of wicked terror," Won Yoo-chul said in a meeting with party officials.

On a Sunday edition, North Korea's main newspaper Rodong Sinmun called Park a "traitor," "dotard" and a wicked woman while using other vulgar expletives in a full page story critical of her stance on North Korea.

Last week, Park vowed to transform the North Korean regime as she warned that North Korea's nuclear program will only hasten its collapse, not ensure its survival.

In an apparent verbal tit-for-tat between the rival Koreas, Park did not use the official title of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when she mentioned his name on Monday.

North Korea has been very sensitive about what it claims is an insult to the supreme dignity of its leader.

Still, it is not unusual for North Korea to insult leaders of South Korea and the United States.

In 2014, North Korea called Park an "eccentric old spinster" and a "hen" because of her comments on North Korea's economic difficulties and homeless children.

Also that year, North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency said U.S. President Barack Obama is reminiscent of a "wicked black monkey."

   In 2009, North Korea's foreign ministry described then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as "a primary school girl" and "a pensioner going shopping" in response to her criticism of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

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