(SEOUL, South Korea) — With North Korea threatening the U.S. and South Korea for trying to halt its nuclear ambitions, its Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces has personally attacked South Korea President Park Geun-hye by alleging her “swish of skirt” led to the latest conflict between the two neighbors.
Park, the first woman elected president in South Korea, officially took office just two weeks ago, walking into a virtual hornet’s nest as the North exploded an underground nuclear device while declaring a 1953 armistice ending the Korea War null and void.
Pyongyang’s sexist attitudes are not uncommon. When Hillary Clinton was the U.S. secretary of state, North Korea referred to her as a “minister in a skirt.” North Korea has also used a variety of other terms to defile its enemies, namely, the U.S.
Not one to be put off by seemingly banal rhetoric, Park said she was still open to discussing ways of avoiding aggression with North Korea but stressed Pyongyang would be responsible for its own self-destruction if the government continued its rogue nuclear activities.
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