Beijing: Affronted by Japan's continued speculation about North Korea's stability after the death of Kim Jong-Il, Pyongyang on Wednesday ridiculed the frequent changes of Japanese premiers, saying the country has become "the laughing stock of the world."
The North's official Korean Central News Agency criticised some Japanese lawmakers and commentators for speculating a possible collapse of the system in North Korea in the wake of the death of its top leader Kim in December.
"Japan has topped the world list of replacement of prime ministers, becoming the laughing stock 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."
DPRK is the acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
The KCNA also criticised Japan for failing to offer official condolences on Kim Jong Il's death and blocking a visit to Pyongyang by a senior member of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, or Chongryon, to pay respects.
"The Japanese authorities feared that their flexible attitude towards the great loss the Korean nation suffered might cause the support rate for them to further sink," KCNA said in a separate commentary yesterday.
"Precisely for this reason the present rulers took a high-handed attitude to meet the interests of the anti-DPRK forces who consider the abduction issue as a lever for keeping themselves alive," it said, stressing the issue of past abductions of Japanese citizens by North Korea "no longer exists."