(JNS.org) North Korea threatened Israel with “merciless, thousand-fold punishment” following comments by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman regarding the implications of tension in the Korean Peninsula for the Jewish state.
In an interview with Israeli media outlet Walla last week, Lieberman referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “madman,” and accused Kim’s regime of being part of an “insane and radical group” allied with Iran, Syria and the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah that works to “destabilize the entire world.”
The defense minister also said tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have “direct implications” for Israel.
“The reckless remarks of the Israeli defense minister are sordid and wicked behavior and grave challenge to the DPRK (North Korea),” the North Korean Foreign Ministry said.
The Pyongyang regime accused Israel of a “cynical ploy to escape the world denunciation,” and of being an “occupier of the Arab territories and culprit of crimes against humanity.”
“We warn Israel to think twice about the consequences to be entailed by its smear campaign against the DPRK to cover up the crimes of occupying Arab territories and disturbing [the] peace process in the Middle East,” the ministry added.
Former Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon criticized Lieberman’s comments on North Korea, writing on Twitter, “The minister of talk is chattering irresponsibly about North Korea. And there is no prime minister to rein in the babbling and posturing ministers.”