North Korea has threatened to blow up South Korea’s top media companies after they criticised its new leader Kim Jung-un.
Pyongyang warned that rockets could be launched at TV and newspapers based in Seoul after they described a televised celebration of the Korean Childrens’ Union as propaganda to embolden the regime.
In an impassioned broadcast, North Korean state TV announced that if the South did not want the strikes to take place, they should apologise.
Officials in Seoul say they’re outraged by what they call the North’s “provocation”.
“This is an intolerable matter and we’re taking this seriously. We strongly urge North Korea to stop threatening our media immediately,” said Kim Hyung-Suk, spokesman for South Korea’s Unification Ministry.
Several media outlets in the South denounced how children were paraded on North Korean TV visiting bronze statues of the country’s late leaders.
The north accused Seoul’s media companies of “monstrous mud-slinging” after one channel likened the celebrations to those for the Hitler Youth.