Friday 23 March 2018

Outrage as Obama called 'monkey' in N Korea media

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a Walmart store on in Mountain View, California
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a Walmart store on in Mountain View, California

Julian Ryall Tokyo

THE United States has condemned descriptions in North Korean state media of President Barack Obama as a "crossbreed" and a "wicked black monkey".

A spokeswoman in Washington, DC said the comments were "ugly and disrespectful".

The Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) released stories that described the US leader as a "monkey" in comments by North Koreans in the days after he paid a state visit to South Korea. "How Obama looks makes me disgusted," said Kang Hyuk, a worker at the Chollima Ironworks Factory.

"As I watch him more closely, I realise that he looks like an African native monkey with a black face, gaunt grey eyes, cavate (sic) nostrils, plump mouth and hairy, rough ears.

"He acts like a monkey with a red bum, irrationally eating everything," Mr Kang added. Jung Young-guk, an official of the Ocean Management Office, added that the US leader "had a disgusting monkey look, even though he is wearing a fancy suit like a gentleman".

The White House often ignores some of the more colourful propaganda bandied about by the North Korean government and media, but reacted swiftly to the latest outburst.

"While the North Korean government-controlled media are distinguished by their histrionics, these comments are particularly ugly and disrespectful," said Caitlin Hayden of the US National Security Council in a statement.

North Korea employed similarly graphic descriptions of Park Guen-hye, the South Korean president, after her summit with Mr Obama, labelling her a "crafty prostitute" under the control of "a powerful pimp". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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