North Korea has lashed out at South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, labeling him as “a guy with a trash-like brain and a diplomatic idiot.
The verbal assault came after Yoon voiced concerns over North Korea’s deepening military ties with Russia during his speech at the U.N. General Assembly.
Yoon’s Alert on North Korea-Russia Arms Deals
In his address, Yoon made it clear that South Korea would not remain passive if North Korea and Russia entered into weapons deals that posed a threat to the South. This warning was prompted by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s recent visit to Russia, where discussions about nuclear and weapons technologies raised international alarms.
The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) of North Korea did not address these concerns directly but asserted that it’s natural and legitimate for neighboring countries to maintain close ties.
KCNA dismissed Yoon’s comments, claiming he couldn’t grasp the significance of North Korea-Russia relations, branding him with derogatory terms such as politically immature, diplomatic idiot, and incompetent chief executive.
Warning Against Weapons Transfer Deals
In response, Koo Byoungsam, a spokesperson for South Korea’s Unification Ministry, criticized North Korea’s lack of etiquette and common sense. Since taking office, Yoon has focused on strengthening South Korea’s military alliance with the United States, a move that has angered North Korea, which sees Yoon as a mouthpiece for the U.S.
Amid the escalating tensions, South Korea and the U.S. initiated joint naval drills in the waters off the Korean Peninsula’s east coast. These exercises aim to enhance their joint operational capabilities, although North Korea traditionally views such drills as invasion rehearsals, often responding with missile tests.
Both the U.S. and South Korea have cautioned that any weapons transfer deals between Russia and North Korea in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions will have unspecified consequences. Russia, as a permanent member of the Security Council, has endorsed these resolutions.
Yoon’s U.N. speech highlighted the paradox of a U.N. Security Council permanent member engaging in war and arms deals that contravene its role as a guardian of world peace. He emphasized that any exchange of information and technology between North Korea and Russia that enhances weapons of mass destruction would be unacceptable.
North Korea’s history of using offensive language against South Korean and U.S. leaders is well-documented, and this latest exchange of insults only serves to further heighten diplomatic tensions in the region.