North Korea lashed out at South Korean President Park Geun-hye Thursday for her policy on unification with Pyongyang.
She has made strong pitches for unification in recent months, saying unification would be a “jackpot.” Park’s office also used the word “bonanza” because the word “jackpot” could be seen as being associated with gambling.
The North’s main newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, blasted Park’s catchphrase of the “unification jackpot,” calling it “a heinous doctrine of confrontation” and “a doctrine of nuclear disaster.”
North Korea has long suspected that Seoul’s unification policy is eventually designed to absorb Pyongyang and bring about unification under a democratic system.
The newspaper claimed that Park’s unification doctrine can only lead to war.
“It is quite impossible to think about the ‘gaining of a great opportunity’ and ‘making profits’ after South Korea is reduced to ashes,” the newspaper’ said in an English-language commentary carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.
North Korea has warned that a war could break out if the rival Koreas seek unification without making concessions in their different political systems.
The latest attack on Park comes amid tensions on the Korean Peninsula over Pyongyang’s possible nuclear test.
Pyongyang has threatened to carry out a “new form” of nuclear test in anger over a United Nations condemnation of its ballistic missile launches in March.
The Koreas have been divided for over six decades following the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in a cease-fire, not a peace treaty. (Yonhap)