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North Korea denies drone flights, calls South Korean president 'prostitute'

Published on May 12, 2014 11:25 AM

SEOUL (REUTERS) - North Korea on Monday accused US and South Korean authorities of fabricating the results of a probe that concluded Pyongyang sent small surveillance drones, or unmanned aircraft, to spy on key South Korean installations in March. A spokesman for the North's military attacked the United States for what it said was a blindly-backed confrontational conspiracy devised by the government of South Korean President Park Geun Hye, whom it called a "political prostitute".

"If Washington pays heed only to what its stooges trumpet, it is bound to be accused of being a senile grandfather trying to stop a child from crying," the unnamed spokesman said in a statement carried by the official Kcna news agency.

South Korean Ministry of Defence spokesman Kim Min Seok said the North's statement was "deeply regrettable".

"North Korea isn't a real country is it? It doesn't have human rights or freedom. It exists solely to prop up a single person," Mr Kim said at a briefing in Seoul.

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