Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends the East Asia summit in Nonthaburi, Thailand, on Nov 4. Photo: AP file
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N Korea calls Abe an 'idiot' over criticism of weapons test

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By KIM TONG-HYUNG

North Korea on Thursday called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe an "idiot" after he criticized a recent weapons test by the North.

In a statement attributed to a foreign ministry official, Song Il Ho, North Korea described Abe as an "idiot and villain" who was overreacting to what the North described as a test-firing of rocket artillery last week "as if a nuclear bomb was dropped on the land of Japan."

The statement ridiculed Abe's expressed willingness to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying he would be "well-advised not to dream forever of crossing the threshold of Pyongyang," North Korea's capital, after insulting the North's "just measures" for self-defense.

North Korea has said it conducted its third test-firing of a new "super-large" multiple rocket launcher system last week, although the Japanese Defense Ministry assessed them as ballistic weapons.

During a regional summit in Thailand earlier this week, Abe reportedly condemned the North's latest test and described it as a clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. He also said he's eager to meet Kim "without conditions."

"Abe is also a rarely ignorant man who dreams of making Japan a military power, failing to distinguish between multiple rocket launchers and missiles, and he is an under-wit as he is only able to say such crude words as 'provocation,' 'outrage,' 'violation,' 'abduction,' and 'pressure,'" said the statement, carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

"It is too natural that Abe is treated as a poor dog and dwarf that fails to enter the international political arena with the Korean Peninsula as a center," it said.

The Japanese government had no immediate reaction to the North Korean statement.

North Korea has often unleashed crude insults against foreign leaders and politicians to criticize what it sees as slanderous remarks toward its leadership or hostile policies against its government. The insults have included racist and sexist diatribes, including against former U.S. President Barack Obama and former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the country's first female leader.

During tensions created by a provocative run in missile tests in 2017, Kim called President Donald Trump a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" after he said that the United States would "totally destroy North Korea" if forced to defend itself or its allies.

In May, the North labeled Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Joe Biden a "fool of low IQ" and "imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being" after he called Kim a tyrant during a speech.

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North Korea insulting Abe isn't the worst of Japan's problems.

North Korean officials are implying that they will test launch a ballistic missile that flies over Japan after the NK imposed negotiation deadline of Year's end is over.

Combined with the forthcoming GSOMIA termination on November 23rd that will cut Japan off from the Korean ballistic missile early warning feed, Japan will be discovering NK ballistic missile that flies over Japan literally seconds before they enter Japanese airspace.

Contrary to the popular misreporting in Japan, US officials are pushing for the delay to the GSOMIA termination in Seoul, not the GSOMIA renewal, and Moon is said to have rejected the US call for the delay to termination and informed Korea would end it as scheduled on 23rd.

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Well, on the idiot part, there are plenty of times I would agree with the sentiment about Abe, BUT, not this time.

The "idiot" in my opinion is in NK and he keeps on tweaking the nose of Abe, all along thinking his BBF in Washington will back HIM up!

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Chairman Kim not getting enough air time with Trump.

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Pot, meet kettle.

Kim is one to insult others, that's no way to achieve any agreements with other countries.

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NK and Kim...

Do they realize they are the collective joke (and inward groan) of the entire planet? It’s rare when you can honestly say that everyone would be better off without you.

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Pot, meet kettle.

Kim is one to insult others, that's no way to achieve any agreements with other countries.

Abe constantly insults others with his offerings to Yasukuni and denying Japan's rape of Asia. You're really not very good at this critical thinking thing.

-11 ( +13 / -24 )

Nice to see a headline in the morning containing "Abe an idiot".

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apt choice of photo I thought.

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Neighboring countries should not forget diplomatic manners . . . . especially when discussing sensitive matters.

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Russia and China have Kim's back. The US under Trump has ceded power to them. Re Japan, the words to Kyu Sakamoto's come to mind. Alone.

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It's beyond me why anybody pays any attention to little Kim. He just spouts his rhetoric to get media attention. I'd feel more danger getting a bone off a Chihuahua.

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He IS an idiot...to keep toying with your dumb %$&.

-14 ( +2 / -16 )

Another "leader", another country, but using (almost) the same wording.

Kim must have learned his lessons well during his meeting with Trump.

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@Disillusioned

It's beyond me why anybody pays any attention to little Kim

Kim Jong Un has his finger on the launch button of a nuclear missile aimed at Tokyo.

-20 ( +2 / -22 )

Idiot or not, Abe definitely grows up.

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Well, on the idiot part, there are plenty of times I would agree with the sentiment about Abe, BUT, not this time.

You beat me to it.

Abe constantly insults others with his offerings to Yasukuni and denying Japan's rape of Asia. You're really not very good at this critical thinking thing.

agree

-11 ( +7 / -18 )

Outrageous and unforgivable. Insulting PM Abe, a democratically elected leader, calling him a moron, shows Kim is out of control. Only a stupid fool would meet with this child.

No future joint cooperation with Japan. No infrastructure funding. No food or medical aid. North Korea has no future. Japan will continue to enforce sanctions with this evil Communist regime.

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How much would you care if the ( global ) village idiot came up to you pointed, laughed and said "Idiot!" at you?

Not much? Nah , me neither.

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@Samit Basu - Kim Jong Un has his finger on the launch button of a nuclear missile aimed at Tokyo.

Bwahahahaha! He has a bag of potatoes and a homemade potato cannon.

"the United States would "totally destroy North Korea" if forced to defend itself or its allies."

Little Kim knows this very well and even he is not that stupid to attack the US' greatest ally in Asia.

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@Ganbare Japan!

a democratically elected leader,

Japan doesn't have the direct election of its leaders. Japanese public didn't elect Abe san as Prime Minister; only the residents of Choshu domain, I mean Yamaguchi prefecture, did elect him as their local parliamentary member.

You are confusing Japan with countries with directly elected presidential system.

@Disillusioned

"the United States would "totally destroy North Korea" if forced to defend itself or its allies."

Yes, but only after Tokyo is nuked.

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@ SammitBasu - PM Abe IS a democratically elected leader. Tiny little Kim is NOT.

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They're absolutely correct on that one

-10 ( +6 / -16 )

I'd take it as a compliment, particularly because it's from NK. At least they're not hurling threats of annihilation etc...LOL

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Everyone can see easily which one is a real idiot. Such idiotic country is sacrificing its own people for missiles.

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I can't believe there's still one or two people around who think North Korea will ever launch a nuke at Tokyo. The notion is astounding, not just because North Korea would get invaded the same day, but it would force China into a position where they either let North Korea fight its own battle and therefore setting a precedent forever as a limp, impotent 'superpower', or fight a devastating war with the US and its allies.

"It is too natural that Abe is treated as a poor dog and dwarf that fails to enter the international political arena with the Korean Peninsula as a center," it said.

Two words: Sabre rattling.

Do they realise they sound like a broken record? It's school level name-calling in the most ineffectual way possible. It actually comfirms (again) how infantile they are.

Also, you can get a glimpse of the sheer brainwashing that's evident from the commet. They honestly believe Japan is on their periphery and North Korea is the centre. They would sabotage any attempts China and Japan make to forge a better relationship simply on the grounds that they think everyone should be trying to forge a better relationship with them, not the other way around. It's sad.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. is far more educated than Kim.

Kim should keep his finger of the Nuclear button.

If he makes the mistake of firing a nuclear missile into Tokyo.

There is no place in the world for him to hide.

He is a fool. who seams to think everyone will crawl away when he opens that fat face of his.

If he fires one missile in to Tokyo. Trump will make an example of him. he will desecrate North Korea in its entirety.

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I certainly do have my issues with Abe, but it sounds like Kim (NK) is adopting Trumps vocabulary and style.

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Funny though that some people here support NK over Japan yet they live here and would never visit NK if they were paid to go.

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Kim didn’t write this diatribe, it was some unnamed civil servant, yet some posters are talking about the eradication of North Korea -warmongering!

Millions would die in an all out conflict in South Korea and Japan would be a target too.

There would also be lots of radiation...

-10 ( +0 / -10 )

If he fires one missile in to Tokyo. Trump will make an example of him. he will desecrate North Korea in its entirety.

@ Frank Hocking. Superbly argued. Trump has Japans back 100%. Just one missile shot at Japan by Tiny Kim, and there is no doubt the USA will turn NK into stone age by multiple nuclear warheads.

Tiny Kim : Keep your mouth shut from now on

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"the United States would "totally destroy North Korea" if forced to defend itself or its allies."

@Samit Basu - Yes, but only after Tokyo is nuked.

Don't be so ridiculously naive! Little Kim is not going to nuke anybody! He's more likely to blow himself up!

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DaDudeToday  10:38 am JST

Funny though that some people here support NK over Japan yet they live here and would never visit NK if they were paid to go.

That's cause some folks are trolls who support anything if it's against Japan. LOL

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There are more than 150,000 North Koreans living in Japan. They form the clientele of the North Korean schools.

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"NK is going to waging war against Japan. Everyone in the intelligence community knows a war is coming next year because NK is preparing 1.5million men to get ready to invade Japan. South Korea and NK will work together to colonize Japan. " - Samit Basu's quote

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lets get it on

-10 ( +0 / -10 )

It's not Abe but all the peaceful residents in Japan whom NK is basically calling "idiots".

Who doesn't criticize but welcomes NK's threats through endless weapon tests, except some zainichi-Koreans (there's no north or south ) like some of regular posters here?

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Thank you JT I needed a great laugh this morning. Can always count on your editors.

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@Frank Hocking

If he fires one missile in to Tokyo. Trump will make an example of him. 

That would be after Tokyo has disappeared from the first nuclear strike.

The current North Korean nuclear warhead is rated at 200 kilotons, 15 times the yield of Hiroshima bomb.

Yes, the US will avenge Tokyo's destruction, but Tokyo's gone before that.

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@Hillclimber

it would force China into a position where they either let North Korea fight its own battle

China is not going to intervene unless the war drags on for a month. But North Korea's own estimation is that the war would be over in a month. The ROK's own estimation is 2 weeks. In other word, Kim Jong Un is not counting on Chinese intervention, as Chinese will surely take out Kim Jong Un themselves and replace him with a puppet if they decided to jump in.

From Kim's perspective, he needs something to deter the Americans from intervening, and the shock event to do that would be nuking of Tokyo.

Tokyo is gone today. Osaka will be gone if the USFJ intervenes.

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North Korea implies its next missile will fly over Japan

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20191107/k10012168391000.html

日本上空通過の飛しょう体発射を示唆 北朝鮮外務省

2019年11月7日 20時04分

安倍総理大臣が北朝鮮による弾道ミサイルの発射を非難したことを受け、北朝鮮外務省のソン・イルホ日朝国交正常化担当大使が談話を発表し、日本の上空を通過する飛しょう体の発射を示唆しました。

The ROK foreign minister confirms the GSOMIA will end as scheduled, leaving Japan blind to incoming North Korean missiles that fly over Japan. Only a complete surrender by the Abe administration will restore the radar feed to Japan, and the ROK government is counting on Abe's surrender once NK missile does fly over Japan.

http://world.kbs.co.kr/service/news_view.htm?lang=e&Seq_Code=149220

FM Kang: No Change in Gov't Stance on GSOMIA

Write: 2019-11-08 11:28:53

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha says the government has no plans to reverse its decision to let a military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan expire on November 22.

Speaking before the National Assembly’s Special Committee on Budget and Accounts on Friday, Kang said the government maintains its initial decision regarding the General Security of Military Information Agreement(GSOMIA).  

Kang said the decision not to renew the deal was made after much consideration following Japan’s unfair export curbs against South Korea. She then reiterated Seoul’s stance that it would reconsider its decision on GSOMIA if Japan removes the export restrictions.

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Great hatred basu baba bt anything NK fires towards Japan will b intercepted from space n ur dreams will b dreams forever. Plus a only a few more months before SK economy collapses n good luck with buttons

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Sticks and stones may......

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Bluffing seems to me to be part of Korean culture, but that reveals itself most conspicuously on the north side of the truce line. One must take these diatribes in this vein.

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Abe looks tired.

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'Rarely ignorant' is almost a compliment! Sounds like NK needs to kidnap a new batch of English teachers!

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Poor quality insults from NK. They are usually more verbose and entertaining.

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Does the North Korea want to manoeuvre the Japanese Government into obtaining a offshore nuclear deterrent. because it is heading that way.

The US will supply the initial technology, the J scientists will develop that tech into next generation weaponry. Enough to incinerate an entire continent. Fools

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I find KJU remarks are like that of a spoilt child who is have a temper tantrum.

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. . . was expecting something a bit more articulated . . . seriously how much longer do we need to hear from (and deal with) these people (nkorean government, not the innocent brainwashed civilians) . . . i know historymaking can be slow but . . .

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It's ironic that North Korea actually began it's nuclear program by inheriting Japan's World War II atomic program. https://tinyurl.com/y4rtczay

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If anyone is allowed to criticize the DPRK, it is Japan and Abe who maintain the moral highground, by having so far refused to go nuclear.

From this point of view, the fools are those who have chosen the nuclear path. Suck it up, Mr Kim.

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@itsonlyrocknroll

The US will supply the initial technology

The US won't supply anything, and sanction Japan instead.

@Robert K Wilcox

It's ironic that North Korea actually began it's nuclear program by inheriting Japan's World War II atomic program.

Not true. North Korea obtained its nuclear technology from Pakistan.

@nandakandamanda

If anyone is allowed to criticize the DPRK, it is Japan and Abe who maintain the moral highground, by having so far refused to go nuclear.

North Korea came to existence because of Imperial Japan's refusal to surrender after the battle of Okinawa.

Hence Imperial Japan created North Korea, and Japan has to live with this legacy.

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The ROK foreign minister confirms the GSOMIA will end as scheduled, leaving Japan blind to incoming North Korean missiles that fly over Japan. Only a complete surrender by the Abe administration will restore the radar feed to Japan, and the ROK government is counting on Abe's surrender once NK missile does fly over Japan.

You're still sticking to this propaganda nonsense even after South Korea had to request data on the last North Korean missile launch from Japan because they missed it? What a joke. South Korea is only hurting themselves by dropping GSOMIA and the rest of the world knows it.

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Samit Basu it is true. North Korea inherited the remains of Japan's WWII program which was centered in Hungnam (Konan). When the Russians invaded, they looted it for several years, then left the rest for fledgling North Korea. Their struggling program began there in those ruins, which included plants, trained personnel, and uranium mines bearing fruit. It was later that Pakistan became involved. I went to Japan, interviewed participants, dug up many formerly top secret documents from U.S. archives. Read my two earlier books about it. Or, better yet, read the newest, Japan's Secret War 3rd edition, coming in December. Bensei in Tokyo just published it in Japanese. https://tinyurl.com/y4rtczay

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