North hits Japan leadership shuffle

Kyodo

North Korea on Wednesday ridiculed Japan over its frequent changes of leaders, saying the country has become “the laughingstock of the world.”

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency criticized Japanese lawmakers and commentators for speculating a possible collapse of the North Korean regime in the wake of leader Kim Jong Il’s death last month.

“Japan has topped the world list of replacement of prime ministers, becoming the laughingstock of the world and not a day passes without unstable domestic politics,” KCNA said in a commentary. “Hence, Japan will never understand the social system in the DPRK, most stable in the world.”

The commentary said North Korea’s Stalinist system “has grown more solid than a rock,” suggesting the country has undergone a successful leadership transition from Kim Jong Il to his son and successor, Kim Jong Un.

“It is ridiculous, indeed, for the Japanese authorities to trumpet about ‘collapse of system,’ availing themselves of this opportunity,” it said.