LONDON - North Korea has made its first indirect comment on the United States election result, giving the world a hint of the secretive nation's view of Republican Donald Trump's victory, BBC reported.
According to the BBC, North Korea's view on the Nov 8 US election outcome was made in passing, hidden in a commentary by state news agency KCNA that called for troubled South Korean President Park Geun Hye to step down over her involvement in a corruption and influence-peddling scandal centring on Ms Park's close confidante Choi Soon Sil.
The commentary headlined "South Korea leader 'bound to get buried' over scandal" reportedly accused Ms Park's ruling Saenuri Party of making use of a "Trump emergency system" to distract the public from the snowballing political scandal.
Prosecutors are now investigating whether Ms Park had abused her power to exert pressure on conglomerate heads to make big donations to two non-profit foundations set up by Ms Choi. The funds were then allegedly diverted for Ms Choi's own use, and for Ms Park's retirement.
The KCNA commentary adds that Ms Park and her political members even appeared to be making a "bid to use even the US presidential election as an emergency measure" to escape impeachment.
The BBC report said the reference to Mr Trump was made entirely without context and there was no explanation of who Mr Trump might be for the North Korean audience.
Mr Trump was also previously mentioned in June when another North Korean newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, claimed that South Korean authorities were "getting worried" about the possibility that Mr Trump could be a Republican nominee.
On Tuesday, a senior Pyongyang-based diplomat on a visit to the United Nations said North Korea does not care who is president of the United States, Reuters reported.
"We do not care about whoever becomes the president of the United States," Kim Yong Ho, director of human rights and humanitarian issues, told reporters at the UN. "The fundamental issue here is whether or not the United States has the political will to withdraw its hostile policy toward the DPRK (North Korea)."