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Thursday 28 August 2014

Kim Jong Un 'must disappear soon' as war of words escalates between North and South Korea

Published 12/05/2014 | 07:49

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un receives applause as he guides the multiple-rocket launching drill of women's sub-units under KPA Unit 851, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) April 24, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un receives applause as he guides the multiple-rocket launching drill of women's sub-units under KPA Unit 851, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) April 24, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA

South Korea has continued an escalating rhetorical battle on the Korean Peninsula, with an official saying rival North Korea "must disappear soon".

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South Korean defence ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok also said that North Korea is not a real country and exists for the benefit of only one person, a reference to dictator Kim Jong Un.

He said the North has no human rights or public freedoms.

The comments followed a series of sexist and racist slurs by North Korea against the leaders of South Korea and the United States.

Pyongyang's state media likened South Korean president Park Geun-hye to an "old prostitute" and US president Barack Obama to a "monkey" in recent dispatches.

Pyongyang's rhetoric intensified after Mr Obama and Ms Park met in Seoul last month.

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