A South Korean official said on Monday that North Korea "must disappear soon" following controversial comments by the North's state media last week, when South Korean President Park Geun-hye was called an "old prostitute" and U.S. President Barack was labeled a "wicked black monkey."
According to Arirang News, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesperson Kim Min-seok also said during a press briefing that North Korea is not a real country and that its exists for the benefit of Kim Jong Un.
"North Korea isn't a real country is it? It doesn't have human rights or freedom. It exists solely to prop up a single person," he said.
The comments reportedly were in response to North Korea denying responsibility for three drones found near the border between the two countries earlier this year. The drones were examined by South Korean and U.S. officials who concluded that North Korea sent the drones to spy on key South Korean installations, as reported by Reuters.
North Korea rejected the probe as a conspiracy and its state news agency, KCNA, continued to throw insults at Park, whom it previously called an "indecent philistine and vile prostitute serving the U.S." for her close ties with the U.S.
Earlier this month, the reclusive country also called Obama a "wicked black monkey." In the article titled "Divine punishment to the world's one and only delinquent Obama," the government-run news agency stated: "You can also tell this by his appearance and behavior, and while it may be because he is a crossbreed, one cannot help thinking the more one sees him that he has escaped from a monkey's body."
The White House fired back against the highly racist report. "While the North Korean Government-controlled media are distinguished by their histrionics, these comments are particularly ugly and disrespectful," Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the White House's National Security Council, said in a statement.
The Associated Press pointed out that the rhetorical battle between South and North Korea is not new, but it has been more hostile than usual following Obama's meeting with Park in Seoul last month.
The government of Kim Jong Un has said that it will continue conducting nuclear tests, despite threats of further sanctions by the U.S. and South Korea.