North Korea has branded Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, an “imbecile” and “political dwarf”, accusing him of mislabelling its latest weapons test.
The North fired what observers in South Korea called two “unidentified projectiles” from its South Hamgyong province into the Sea of Japan on Thursday.
Abe had condemned the North for “repeated launches of ballistic missiles” after two projectiles were fired on Thursday.
“North Korea’s repeated launches of ballistic missiles are a serious defiance to not only our country but also the international community,” Abe said.
But the North insisted it was testing a “super-large multiple-rocket launcher”.
On Saturday, North Korea’s state media said Japan “may see what a real ballistic missile is in the not distant future”.
“It can be said that Abe is the only one idiot in the world and the most stupid man ever known in history as he fails to distinguish a missile from a multiple launch rocket system while seeing the photo-accompanied report.
“Abe may see what a real ballistic missile is in the not distant future and under his nose. Abe is none other than a perfect imbecile and a political dwarf,” North Korea’s KCNA state media said on Saturday.
The North issued photographs said to be of Mr Kim inspecting the launch.
North Korea is banned from firing ballistic missiles under UN Security Council resolutions.
The country is under various sets of sanctions over its missile and nuclear programmes. Lifting the sanctions has been a key aim of the North in talks with the US – Japan’s ally – but these have stalled since a summit between its leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump broke down in February.
In May, Abe said he was ready to meet Kim “without conditions”, raising hopes of renewed negotiations on the nuclear issue as well as on the lingering historical issue of the North’s abduction of Japanese citizens.
But Abe’s offer has not come to fruition. The North said this month that the Japanese leader would never set foot in Pyongyang after he condemned an earlier weapons test.