N. Korea vilifies Lee for suggesting regime change
Published : 2013-02-17 20:26
Updated : 2013-02-17 20:26
North Korea lashed out at South Korean President Lee Myung-bak Saturday, denouncing him for suggesting regime change in the communist nation.
Commenting on North Korea’s latest nuclear test earlier this week, Lee said Friday that the communist country can’t be persuaded to give up its nuclear weapons program through negotiations or dialogue, and cannot be expected to do so before its regime collapses.
“Lee Myung Bak, traitor for all ages, has gone mad with confrontation fervor as he is close to breathing his last as a politician,” the North’s Korean Central News Agency said in an English-language commentary.
Inter-Korean relations plunged to their worst in decades during the conservative Lee administration, which took a hard-line stance toward the North’s nuclear ambitions.
Lee’s five-year term will end on Feb. 25 when President-elect Park Geun-hye is sworn in.
“He is free to let loose a spate of rigmaroles as the days go by, much upset by the DPRK’s third nuclear test, its resolute step for self-defense taken to cope with the U.S. hostile action,” the KCNA commentary said.
DPRK is the acronym of North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
North Korea claims that its nuclear program is aimed at defending itself from what it calls U.S. hostilities. (Yonhap News)