Alex Salmond comments compared to Kim Jong-il

Alex Salmond described the comparison to North Korea's former leader as 'pathetic'. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Scotland's First Minister has been likened to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il by the man leading the campaign to keep the country in the United Kingdom.

Former Chancellor Alastair Darling told the New Statesman that Mr Salmond had "said on the BBC that people voted Ukip in Scotland because English TV was being beamed in to Scotland".

He added: "This was a North Korean response. This is something that Kim Jong-il would say."

The Better Together campaign said afterwards the comment was "a joke" but a spokesman for the Scottish First Minister demanded Mr Darling apologise for the "pathetic, puerile remarks".