North Korea criticized Joe Biden as a “fool of low IQ” after the presidential hopeful called the country’s leader Kim Jong-un a “dictator and tyrant,” New York Post writes. The country’s official state news agency released a statement that said Biden was “an imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being.”
“The presidential candidate from the Democratic Party during his recent election campaigning reeled off rhetoric slandering the supreme leadership of [North Korea],” the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said. “What he uttered is just sophism of an imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being, let alone a politician.”
During a campaign stop in Pennsylvania on Saturday, Biden blasted President Trump for dealing with unsavory world leaders. “Are we a nation that embraces dictators and tyrants like [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and Kim Jong-un?” Biden said.
KCNA listed previous controversies concerning Biden, including allegations of plagiarism and falling asleep during a speech by former President Barack Obama in 2011, Reuters adds.
“We will never pardon anyone who dare provoke the supreme leadership of the DPRK but will certainly make them pay for it,” KCNA said, using North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
“Even the American media derided him as a man with ‘manic-obsessive running of the mouth,’ saying that he likes giving a speech but he is not serious in his words,” the statement read. “This is enough to make a cat laugh.”
Denuclearization talks have stalled since the breakdown of the second meeting between Trump and Kim in February and North Korea conducted more weapons tests this month. The tests were seen as a protest by Kim after Trump rejected his calls for sanctions relief at the Hanoi summit.
According to the Japan Times, Trump has used surprisingly warm words for Kim, who human rights groups say oversees a vast network of gulags housing some 120,000 political prisoners where systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations have been reported.
Last year, Trump even said the two “fell in love” during the Singapore summit. A top North Korean official was also quoted this year as similarly describing the chemistry between the two leaders as “mysteriously wonderful.”