Published: Wed, May 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

'USA violated our sovereignty': Kim Jong Un

'USA violated our sovereignty': Kim Jong Un

Joe Biden has been on the campaign trail since announcing last month his candidacy for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2020 presidential election.

This combination of pictures created November 12, 2018, shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (left) during the Inter-Korean summit in the Peace House building on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom, April 27, 2018, and President Donald Trump during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., November 7, 2018.

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

At a rally in Philadelphia on Saturday, Joe Biden accused US President Donald Trump of embracing "tyrants like (Vladimir) Putin and Kim Jong-un".

Kim Song said at a news conference Tuesday that the "heinous act" of seizing the ship was aimed at bringing maximum pressure on North Korea to make it "kneel down".

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KCNA listed previous controversies concerning Mr Biden, including allegations of plagiarism and falling asleep during a speech by former President Barack Obama in 2011. He accused the USA of violating worldwide law and the 2004 U.N. Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property.

The vessel Wise Honest, North Korea's second largest cargo ship, was first detained in April 2018 by Indonesia while transporting a large amount of coal.

The US announced on May 9 that it had impounded the Wise Honest, saying it was being used to export North Korean coal in breach of United Nations sanctions over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.

During tensions created by a provocative run in missile tests in 2017, Mr Kim called Mr Trump a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" after the latter said the USA would "totally destroy North Korea" if forced to defend itself or its allies.

While the denuclearization talks have stalled since the Hanoi summit breakdown, the Kim regime has refrained from singling out Trump for blame, instead targeting other White House officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton. From Pyongyang's perspective, the withdrawal of sanctions is the most basic step for building trust. However recent negotiations between the two leaders in Vietnam collapsed due to disagreements over the timing of sanctions relief.

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