Kim Jong-un’s to Punish Julie Bishop for 'Hurt Dignity'
By Athena Yenko | June 24, 2014 4:09 PM EST
Kim Jong-un will soon be punishing Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, following Bishop's anti-DPKR statements aired via Voice of America.
"The DPRK will never pardon but resolutely punish anyone who dares slander the dignity of its supreme leadership," North Korea's foreign minister said in a statement published by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop attends a news conference with Australia's Defense Minister David Johnston (not pictured) at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo June 12, 2014. Australia and Japan will create a framework pact to cooperate on military technology, the two countries said on Wednesday, a move that could pave the way for Japan to supply stealth submarine designs and components to Australia.
Bishop's counterpart called her a stooge for "carrying out the US hostile policy toward the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea), and echoing others' sophism without her own foreign policy and view," the statement reads.
Bishop was speaking about Australia's "very serious concerns" about Kim Jong Un's nuclear policies and human rights violation since he took office in 2011.
"It is a fact that no country [can] improve its economy or security by threatening its neighbors and by impoverishing its own people," Bishop told the Voice of America's Korean Service.
Bishop said that the gravest threat from North Korea is its development of nuclear weapons, weapons of mass destructions and ballistic missiles.
"Each nuclear test squanders huge sums of money and it's the people of North Korea who bear the cost, and the cost of sanctions that inevitably follow," Bishop said.
Bishop hinted that Kim Jong-un's legitimacy as a leader is questionable.
"He can hardly claim legitimacy as a leader when his regime continues to defy international expectations. He refuses to abide by the international commitments that his own regime have provided and he is continuing to threaten the region and he's continuing to impoverish his own people and the abuses against his own citizens really take away any legitimacy he can claim as a leader, " Bishop went on.
According to the statement from the DPRK Foreign Ministry, Bishop hurt the dignity of the nation's supreme leader and her behaviour was mere slandering.
Bishop's etiquette as Australia's international representative was also condemned through the statement.
"Great irony is that although she is the foreign minister of a country, she unhesitatingly let loose a spate of reckless remarks slandering the other country and interfering in its internal affairs, not properly understanding even the elementary principle of the UN Charter and the essence of the regional peace and security," the statement read.
The statement went as far as condemning the U.S. for its conspiracy with South Korean "puppets."
"Anyone of reason recognizes the stark reality that the threat to the peace and security in the Korean peninsula and in the region is being posed by the U.S. which has ceaselessly staged in collusion with the south Korean puppet forces joint military exercises chiefly aimed to "occupy Pyongyang" with huge armed forces for aggression and lethal weapons involved."
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