North Korea calls Biden 'fool of low IQ' over Kim criticism

Clay Curtis
May 22, 2019

North Korea on Tuesday warned the United States that its "outrageous" seizure of a cargo ship could have consequences on the future of US-North Korean relations.

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

State media 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".

Kim said the seizure of the ship, known as the "Wise Honest", violated the spirit of a statement issued by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after their first meeting in Singapore in June 2018.

Responding to requests to comment on the matter, an official at the US State Department said global sanctions will "remain in place (and) are to be enforced by all United Nations members", according to Yonhap News Agency and Voice of America.

In a statement echoing comments made by U.S. President Donald Trump, who has long feuded with the former Vice President and Senator from DE, the KCNA article derided Biden for past gaffes and allegations of sexual harassment.

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He added that following the seizure, Pyongyang was closely monitoring Washington's "every move" including the intention to apply pressure on North Korea, forcing it to "kneel down".

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

"North Korea has not been shy in the past about seeming to publicly favor one side or another in U.S. and Korean elections", Mintaro Oba, a former East Asia desk officer for the U.S. State Department, told NK News.

North Korea's state media said last week that the country was suffering its worst drought in more than a century amid reported food shortages.

In carrying out the ship's seizure on the basis of unilateral sanctions and domestic law, the United States "violated principles recognized universally worldwide" against the exercise of national jurisdiction overseas, the envoy said.

The last time South Korea provided humanitarian aid to North Korea through an global agency was in 2015, when it gave $800,000 to a U.N. Population Fund project to evaluate North Korean public health conditions. But Pyongyang clearly wants Trump to remain in office so that negotiations can continue, she said.

The tests were seen as a protest by Kim after Trump rejected his calls for sanctions relief at the Hanoi summit.

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