North Korea warns 'imbecile' Park of confrontation
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea's top military body lashed out on Friday at South Korean President Park Geun Hye, warning that she was leading the Korean peninsula back into confrontation and vowing that Pyongyang would pursue its nuclear weapons policy.
The highly personal criticism, attributed to a spokesman for the National Defence Commission, was unusual for referencing Ms Park by name, rather than the usual "chief executive" moniker employed by Pyongyang.
It was largely a response to Ms Park's speech marking South Korean Armed Forces Day this week when she urged Pyongyang to give up its nuclear ambitions and talked up the development of a military deterrent capability that would render the North's nuclear weapons "useless".
On Wednesday, visiting US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and his South Korean counterpart Kim Kwan Jin signed a new strategic plan to counter the growing threat of a North Korean nuclear or chemical weapons attack.