North Korea head coach Kim Jong Hun, centre, speaks to his team during a training session in Tembisa, South Africa on June 10. ((Kin Cheung/Associated Press))

The North Korean coach wasn't happy with reporters' questions on the eve of the team's opening World Cup match against Brazil.

Coach Kim Jong Hun bristled Monday when a South Korean reporter speaking in Korean referred to his nation as "North Korea", rather than by the country's official name, the Democratic Republic of Korea.

"There's no such country named 'North Korea,"' he said testily at a news conference at Ellis Park Stadium. "Next question."

Kim was also asked whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Il had a say in the team selection. The FIFA media official cut the reporter off, reminding journalists not to ask political questions.

The official also diverted a question about whether North Korea's games would be aired live in the North.

North Korea plays Brazil on Tuesday in their first-ever matchup.