In this March 11, 2013 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed March 12, 2013 by the Korea News Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, third left, looks at South's western border island of Baengnyeong during his visit to the Wolnae Islet Defense Detachment, North Korea. North Korea's young leader urged front-line troops to be on "maximum alert" for a potential war as a state-run newspaper said Pyongyang had carried out a threat to cancel the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War. (AP Photo/KCNA via KNS) JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION
SEOUL, South Korea — The body that controls North Korea’s military is dismissing South Korea’s new president, Park Geun-hye, with a sexist comment about the “venomous swish” of her skirt.
An unidentified spokesman for the National Defense Commission’s armed forces ministry also repeated North Korean vows from recent days of a “merciless retaliation” over ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills. The statement Wednesday reiterates another North Korean promise to no longer abide by the armistice that ended the Korean War.
Analysts say the torrent of warlike rhetoric that has followed U.N. sanctions last week over Pyongyang’s third nuclear test is meant partly to boost loyalty for young leader Kim Jong Un and to win aid from Seoul and Washington.
Park, the daughter of late South Korean dictator President Park Chung-hee, took office Feb. 25.