SEOUL, Nov. 7 (Reuters / EP) –
North Korea has accused Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of “idiot” on Thursday and said he should not dream of setting foot in Pyongyang in a commentary published in the state media loaded with insults in response to his criticism of latest North Korean arms tests.
North Korea conducted an essay on what it called “super large multiple missile launchers” on October 31, but Japan denounced that it was probably ballistic missiles that violated UN sanctions.
Abe condemned the essay at an Asian summit this week, while saying he was willing to meet with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, “without conditions” to resolve the issue of the Japanese kidnapped by Pyongyang, according to the Japanese agency Kiodo , citing government sources.
“Japanese Prime Minister Abe, who is now making a lot of noise about our super-large multiple rocket shuttle trial as if a nuclear warhead had fallen on Japanese soil, is an idiot,” the North Korean official agency KCNA said, citing a statement from Song Il Ho, your ambassador for relations with Japan.
“Abe, who has been making poorly advised statements about our legitimate self-defense measures by recklessly releasing his tongue … shouldn't even dream of crossing the Pyongyang threshold ever,” he added.
In 2002, North Korea admitted that its agents kidnapped 13 Japanese between the 1960s and the 1980s. Japan claims that 17 of its citizens were kidnapped, five of which were repatriated.
Pyongyang has said that eight of them died and four others never entered the country. Abe has promised to insist on this issue until all the abductees return home and has previously said he is willing to meet with Kim without conditions.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited Pyongyang in 2002 and met with Kim Jong Il, father of the current leader, but Abe has not held a meeting with Kim Jong Un to date.