SEOUL -- A rhetorical battle between the rival Koreas intensified Monday with a South Korean official saying North Korea "must disappear soon."
The comments, which will likely draw a furious response from Pyongyang, 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.
South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told reporters at a briefing in Seoul that North Korea isn't 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. (AP)