Friday 18 October 2019

North Korea says Joe Biden is ‘fool of low IQ’ and ‘imbecile’

Pyongyang has previously described Donald Trump as a ‘mentally-deranged US dotard’ and made racist comments about Barack Obama.

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden (Matt Rourke/PA)
Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden (Matt Rourke/PA)

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press

North Korea has labelled Joe Biden a “fool of low IQ” and an “imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being” after the US presidential hopeful called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a tyrant during a recent speech.

Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency said the former American vice president had insulted the country’s supreme leadership and committed an “intolerable and serious politically-motivated provocation” against the North.

Mr Biden during a campaign launch in Philadelphia on Saturday accused President Donald Trump of cosying up to “dictators and tyrants” like Mr Kim and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

What he (Joe Biden) uttered is just sophism of an imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being, let alone a politician KCNA, North Korean news agency

“What he uttered is just sophism of an imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being, let alone a politician,” KCNA said.

The piece, labelled a commentary, said Mr Biden had “gone reckless and senseless, seized by ambition for power”.

It went on to mention apparent Biden gaffes, such as once appearing to fall asleep during a speech by President Barack Obama.

“It is by no means accidental that here is nonstop comment over his bid for candidacy that he is not worth pinning hope on, backed by the jeer that he is a fool of low IQ,” KCNA said.

It mocked Mr Biden’s belief that he was “the most popular presidential candidate”.

“This is enough to make a cat laugh,” the report said.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (AP)

A spokesman for Mr Biden’s campaign, Andrew Bates, responded: “Given Vice President Biden’s record of standing up for American values and interests, it’s no surprise that North Korea would prefer that Donald Trump remain in the White House.”

North Korea has often unleashed crude insults against US and South Korean politicians to criticise what it sees as slanderous remarks toward its leadership or hostile diplomatic and military policies against Pyongyang.

The insults have included racist and sexist diatribes, including when the North called Mr Obama “a monkey” and former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the country’s first female leader, a prostitute.

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The US–North Korea summit in Singapore (Kevin Lim/The Straits Times/PA)

During tensions created by a provocative run in missile tests in 2017, Mr Kim called Mr Trump a “mentally deranged US dotard” after he said that the United States would “totally destroy North Korea” if forced to defend itself or its allies.

The North’s description of Mr Trump dramatically improved after Mr Kim initiated diplomacy with Washington and Seoul in 2018 while attempting to leverage his nuclear arsenal for economic and security benefits.

The nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang stalled in February when a summit between Mr Kim and Mr Trump collapsed over mismatched demands in sanctions relief and disarmament.

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