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Pyongyang, Nov 8: Slamming Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for condemning North Korea’s missile launches at an ASEAN-related meeting, North Korea’s ambassador for ties with Tokyo has threatened it with “serious disaster” if it persists in “provoking” North Korea, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

Song Il-ho, the North Korean ambassador for ties with Japan, unleashed a spectacular barrage of distinctly non-diplomatic language toward Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a statement published by KCNA Thursday.

Calling Abe as “idiot and villain”, the diplomat pointed out Abe’s inability to make a distinction between North Korea’s “super-large multiple rocket launchers” and a ballistic missile.

Song mocked Abe for allegedly dreaming of “making Japan a military power”, despite his apparent inability to distinguish between different types of armaments, calling him an “under-wit” for resorting to clichéd words such as “provocation”, “outrage”, “violation”, “abduction”, and “pressure”.

The ambassador claimed that with Abe as leader, Japan is “censured as a ‘politically small nation’, ‘sinking island country’, and a ‘gloomy, desolate country’ by the world”, adding that the prime minister himself is being treated by the international community as a “poor dog and a dwarf” that “fails to enter the international political arena”.

The ambassador went on to mock Abe for “knocking on the door of Pyongyang with caution”, calling for “no-strings-attached talks” while simultaneously “hurling a torrent of abuse at just measures of the DPRK for self-defence”, saying the prime minister shouldn’t “dream of crossing the threshold of Pyongyang”.

If Japan persists in “provoking DPRK”, with what the ambassador called a desire to once again feel the “uneasiness and horror with which they trembled when a projectile flew over Japan”, then Pyongyang will “do what it wishes to do, indifferent to the island nation”, Song said.

The ambassador was apparently referring to a 2017 North Korean test in which a ballistic missile flew between Japan’s two largest islands of Honshu and Hokkaido before dropping into the ocean.

“Japan had better know well that it will face a more serious disaster and ruin if it keeps on running reckless”, the ambassador said.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has strongly condemned North Korea’s missile launches at an ASEAN-related meeting, saying they are in clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Abe also urged the leaders of countries in ASEAN Plus Three — China, South Korea, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Japan — to fully implement U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the Japanese government said.

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