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» 04/01/2008
KOREA
Lee Myung-bak is an absent-minded traitor according to Pyongyang
Rodong Sinmun, the official mouthpiece of the Stalinist regime, spoke about the newly elected South Korean president for the first time in an article in which it accused Lee Myung-bak of setting up a regime enslaved to the United States. The psychological war between Seoul and Pyongyang continues.

Seoul (AsiaNews) – For the first time since the election of South Korea’s new president, North Korea officially acknowledged the new leader, Conservative Lee Myung-bak, in an article, only to lambaste him. In a long editorial piece published yesterday in Rodong Sinmun, the Stalinist regime’s official newspaper, Mr Lee was called a “political charlatan”, an “absent minded traitor” and a “US sycophant”.

“The Lee Myung-bak regime will be held totally responsible for ushering in a catastrophic incident by freezing North-South relations,” the article said.

Beyond the terms used the rush of insults is part of the psychological war that Seoul and Pyongyang have been waging since Mr Lee’s election on 19 December.

In fact after his election but before he was sworn into office, the president-elect openly expressed his willingness to criticise North Korea for its “disgusting” attitude towards human rights.

Since the arrival of the new South Korean administration humanitarian aid to the North has also been cut, and the new government has reiterated its support for a United Nations resolution criticising the Stalinist regime led by Kim Jong-il.

Significantly, for the first time since the end of the Civil War, South Korea’s armed forces are envisaging a possible preventive attack in case of a nuclear threat from its neighbour.


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See also
08/27/2004 NORTH KOREA - CHINA
North Korean guards kill defectors crossing border
11/03/2008 SOUTH KOREA – NORTH KOREA
For Seoul photos show little about the state of Kim Jong-il’s health
03/31/2009 KOREA – UNITED STATES
Pyongyang gazing into space as its population dies of hunger and abuse
01/30/2009 KOREA
Pyongyang scraps political and military accords with South Korea
07/26/2005 NORTH KOREA – SOUTH KOREA
Some signs of flexibility between the United States and North Korea in Beijing

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