North Korea calls South’s leader ‘psy­chopath’

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SEOUL — North Korea yes­ter­day la­belled South Korean Pres­i­dent Park Geun-Hye a “psy­chopath” af­ter she made a speech slam­ming Py­ongyang’s nu­clear am­bi­tions and de­fend­ing the de­ploy­ment of a US anti-mis­sile sys­tem.

In her tele­vised ad­dress on Mon­day, Park had stressed that de­ploy­ing the Ter­mi­nal High Alti­tude Area De­fence (THAAD) sys­tem was an act of “self-de­fence” in re­sponse to the North’s ex­pand­ing nu­clear weapons pro­gramme.

A spokesper­son for the North’s Com­mit­tee for the Peace­ful Re­uni­fi­ca­tion of the Coun­try said Park’s ar­gu­ment was “pre­pos­ter­ous” and un­founded.

“This is just a lame ex­cuse and she should know that no one will be taken in by such sophism of a pup­pet that can do noth­ing with­out an ap­proval of her US mas­ter,” the spokesper­son said.

“This is no more than non­sense talked by a psy­chopath,” he added in a state­ment car­ried by the North’s of­fi­cial news agency.

North Korea has threat­ened to take “phys­i­cal ac­tion” against the THAAD de­ploy­ment, say­ing any South Korean ports and air­fields host­ing US mil­i­tary hard­ware would be­come a tar­get.

Bei­jing is also op­posed to the move, see­ing it as a US bid to flex its mil­i­tary mus­cle in the re­gion and un­der­mine China’s own mis­sile ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

US Army Chief of Staff, Gen­eral Mark Mil­ley, ad­dressed those con­cerns dur­ing talks on Tues­day with his Chi­nese coun­ter­part, Gen­eral Li Zuocheng in Bei­jing. THAAD is “not a threat in any way to China,” Mil­ley told Li ac­cord­ing to a US Army state­ment. De­ploy­ing the sys­tem “is a de­fen­sive mea­sure to pro­tect South Kore­ans and Amer­i­cans from the North Korean bal­lis­tic mis­sile threat,” he added. — AFP

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