North Korea dismisses 'venomous swish' of South Korea's female president's skirt
Washington, Mar. 14 : North Korea's first public, senior-level mention of South Korea's first female president ended up being a sexist after it complained about the 'venomous swish' of her skirt.
But despite that swipe, South Korean President Park Geun-hye is sticking by her campaign vow to reach out to North Korea's young leader, Kim Jong Un, and to send the country much-needed humanitarian aid.
The term 'swish of skirt' is often used in Korean to describe women acting in a way seen as overly aggressive, such as housewives trying to micromanage all aspects of their children's educations.
Moon Mee-kyung, an analyst at the government-affiliated Korean Women's Development Institute in Seoul, called the North's use of the term an insult against South Korea and all women.
According to the New York Daily News, Park is trying to build trust with Pyongyang, even as she and South Korea'' military promise to respond forcefully to any possible attack from the North.
In recent days, North Korea has vowed 'merciless' retaliation and said it will no longer abide by the armistice that ended the Korean War.
Pyongyang is angry about ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills and about new U.N. sanctions, issued over the North's December long-range rocket launch, which the U.N. called a cover for a banned missile test, and its third underground nuclear explosion, conducted on February 12, the report said.
According to the report, Park, the daughter of late South Korean dictator President Park Chung-hee, took office on February 25.