Korean Peninsula tensions
South Korea's President Park Geun-hye and U.S. President Barack Obama - Reuters

North Korea has called South Korean President Park Geun-hye a "prostitute" at the hands of "pimp" Barack Obama.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted the Committee for Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) as saying: "Park Geun-hye's recent behaviour with Obama was like a mean immature girl begging gangsters to beat up someone she does not like. Or a crafty prostitute eagerly trying to frame someone by giving her body to a powerful pimp."

Although North Korean mouthpieces often make such verbal attacks against South Korea and its leaders, the latest diatribe is seen as rather unedifying by even their own standards.

The North Korean remarks follow a two-day visit by President Obama to South Korea, during which the two allies condemned North Korea's ambitions to press ahead with its contentious nuclear programme.

Reacting to this, the CPRK said: "If Obama and Park Geun-hye believed that they could change our minds with threats and blackmailing, they can't be more foolish.

"In particular, Park Geun-hye continued to viciously take issue with out dignity, system and nuclear programmes... while meeting with Obama. The latest visit by Obama only reaffirmed our long-held belief that might, not words, are the only option to deal with the old enemy US and strengthened our resolve and determination to stick with our policy to fight a full-scale nuclear war."