The North Korean Government has accused South Korea's "rat-like" president of being behind an anti-North Korean demonstration in London during the Olympics.
In a statement issued to state media, the Secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea accused the Lee Myung Bak regime of sending "riff-raffs and human scum, a group of wicked men serving the policy of confrontation with the [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] for the August 5 street demonstration.
"The Olympics is the sacred festival of humankind desirous of promoting friendship and unity among countries and nations and achieving peace and progress," the statement read.
"However, the south Korean regime of traitors only is resorting to mean and poor charade as slandering the DPRK and inciting confrontation with fellow countrymen even in London, quite contrary to the noble idea of Olympics."
The statement said the protestors put up photos "distorting and fabricating the reality" of life in North Korea.
"The regime brought human rejects to the Olympics to escalate confrontation with the DPRK, not content with its attempted hideous terrorism for hurting the dignity of its supreme leadership.
This is another grave politically-motivated provocation against the DPRK and an insult to the Olympic spirit desired by mankind."
According to the secretive communist regime, "the world people are admiring at the high spirit and might of the country of Mt Paektu which is emerging as a powerful and rich country under the leadership of the dear respected Kim Jong Un".
"Witnessing the reality in the DPRK in which human idea is coming true despite imperialists' challenges, personages of various countries visiting the DPRK are deriding rat-like Lee Myung Bak for going intent on hurting the dignity of the DPRK.
"Even the countries hostile toward the DPRK lavish praises on the successes made by DPRK players in Olympics who demonstrated the dignity and might of their country to the whole world while longing for their leader."
The statement said the history of the Olympic Games "has recorded innumerable cases that stunned human beings", but "never has there been such a disgusting group of confrontation maniacs and traitors as Lee group which slandered the fellow countrymen even in the Olympics".
"This clearly shows once again that the Lee regime is the wicked enemy of the nation that perpetrates evil doings until it breathes its last. Trouble-makers should be removed immediately as they foster distrust and antagonism within the nation and invite confrontation and war," it claimed.
"The DPRK really meant it when it declared that it would wipe out those involved in hideous crimes and their backstage wire-pullers.
"The south Korean regime will be made to pay dearly for its despicable anti-DPRK smear campaign."
Both countries had a successful Olympics, with North Korea equalling their best ever gold medal haul of four gold medals in 1992, and placing 20th on the medal table.
South Korea placed fifth on the medal table, with 13 gold medals, equalling their best ever gold haul of 2008.
- Herald OnlineBy Paul Harper @Snappy_nz Email Paul