SEOUL - A senior South Korean official at the presidential office on Thursday expressed displeasure over a Japanese magazine's slandering of President Park Geun Hye as the "imbecile of the week" for taking a tough stance on Japan, according to Yonhap News Agency.
"Foul language and writings are shameful and disgraceful things that would be regretted for a lifetime," the official was quoted as telling reporters in response to a question about the article. "It is not worth a response."
The latest edition of the conservative weekly Shukan Bunshun carries an article about Park's stance on Tokyo, accusing her of "creating disturbances" with regard to rows over the sovereignty of a pair of islets in the Sea of Japan, claimed by both countries, and the Japanese military's use of South Korean women as sex slaves during World War II.
Meanwhile, South Korea's Foreign Ministry spokesman also rapped the magazine for carrying such an article, saying it "runs contrary to the sound manner of Japanese people."
"I would rather not give a response to an extremely thoughtless thing," Cho Tai Young told a press briefing.
Park has been tough on Japan over these issues, rejecting calls for a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and saying she sees no point in holding talks with him as long as Tokyo maintains its wrong interpretations of history.
The Japanese magazine described Park as the "imbecile of the week" and an "ajumma spreading curses," according to a newspaper report. Ajumma is a Korean word referring to ordinary middle-aged women and sometimes carries derogatory connotations, Yonhap said.
The magazine also said Park, who has never been married, needs an "adult boyfriend."