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N. Korea slams President Park for her 'nasty' remarks

2014/10/10 09:02

SEOUL, Oct. 10 (Yonhap) -- North Korea resumed its direct criticism of South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Friday, warning that her "nasty" remarks toward Pyongyang may dampen a rare mood of inter-Korean reconciliation.

In a statement, the National Reconciliation Council took issue with Park's comments earlier this week that the communist neighbor is showing an ambivalent behavior of provocations and peace gestures.

She made the comments in a meeting with Le Luong Minh, secretary general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, in Seoul and requested the group's help in efforts to denuclearize North Korea.

"(Park's remarks) are an unacceptable provocation against us," said an unnamed representative for the North's council, a working-level agency dealing with inter-Korean affairs.

It is an "impolite and reckless" act, which throws cold water on the mood of improved inter-Korean relations created by a high-profile North Korean delegation's trip to the South last week, read the statement.

The North's delegation was headed by Hwang Pyong-so, apparently the second-most powerful man in the communist nation after leader Kim Jong-un.

During its trip, the two Koreas agreed to hold another round of high-level talks between late October and early November.

Even before the two sides return to the bargaining table, Park is making "nasty remarks," the North's council claimed.

It urged Park to be "particularly cautious" in speaking and acting in public, warning she may lose a golden opportunity for improving inter-Korean ties.

It called for mutual efforts to ease military tensions on the peninsula.

Only three days after the North Korean delegation's visit here, the country's warship violated the de-facto Yellow Sea border, triggering an exchange of fire with the South's patrol boat.