Posted : 2014-05-12 17:36
Updated : 2014-05-12 17:36

N. Korea's verbal abuse

North Korea's vitriolic attacks on foreign leaders are nothing new. The reclusive state rarely hesitates to unleash vulgar expletives whenever there are contentious issues.

However, its recent verbal abuse is certainly going too far, especially since the leaders of Seoul and Washington warned against Pyongyang's possible fourth nuclear test during their summit in Seoul in late April.

The enormity of the North's diatribe was so great that the White House last week condemned ''ugly and disrespectful'' racist comments against President Barack Obama by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency.

The rebuke came in response to the North's highly inflammatory and abusive racist language comparing Obama to a "monkey'' or a "crossbreed.'' Quoting one worker at an ironworks factory, a North Korean news story said, "The way Obama looks disgusts me. He looks like an African monkey with a black face.''

The U.S. usually ignores North Korea's jibes at its leaders, but reacted swiftly to the latest outburst this time ― quite unusually. "While the North Korean government-controlled media are distinguished by their histrionics, these comments are particularly ugly and disrespectful,'' a spokeswoman for the National Security Council said.

The Stalinist North's rough words against President Park Geun-hye have also surpassed the tolerable level. The North's Committee for Peaceful Reunification of Korea, which handles inter-Korean affairs, used unspeakable foul language against Park, calling her a "prostitute,'' in the wake of Obama's visit to Seoul.

More recently, Pyongyang has been stepping up its personal attack on President Park in connection with the tragic sinking of the ferry Sewol, calling for her immediate resignation.

It's embarrassing to see the North's behavior, recollecting that it offered its condolences over the South's maritime disaster one week after the ferry sank off the southwestern coast. More than that, North Korea's vulgar rhetoric is an outright violation of an inter-Korean agreement to halt slandering each other during their high-level talks in February.

While it's true the two Koreas are still technically at war and hostile to each other, it defies our understanding that Pyongyang is taking advantage of the tragic incident in the South, which left more than 300 people, including high school students, dead or missing, to incite an anti-government struggle.

We also wonder what the isolated state can earn from its crude denunciation of the American president using abusive racist language at a time when it is in desperate need of improving relations with the U.S.

North Korea has been isolated from the international community for decades because of its anachronistic development of missiles and nuclear weapons. As things stand, its vulgar propaganda against President Park and other foreign leaders will only accelerate its isolation. What Pyongyang needs now is to get rid of emotions and regain its composure.

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