Published: Sun, May 26, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

North Korea's Joe Biden 'imbecile' insult and what it tells us

North Korea's Joe Biden 'imbecile' insult and what it tells us

North Korean state media slammed former U.S. vice-president and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden for criticising leader Kim Jong Un, calling him "bereft of elementary quality as a human being".

It also took aim at past controversies involving Biden, including claims he improperly touched women, as well as allegations of plagiarism and falling asleep during a speech by then-President Barack Obama in 2011.

He referred to the acronym for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

KCNA also hit at Biden's reputation for making verbal gaffes.

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It mocked Biden's belief that he was "the most popular presidential candidate".

The Department of Justice announced May 9 that the North Korean vessel, named "Wise Honest", was being impounded to American Samoa, after being accused of illicit coal shipments in violation of sanctions imposed against the country.

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It isn't the first time North Korean media have weighed in during a Trump presidential run. He has repeatedly talked about his good personal relationship with Kim.

The US announced on May 9 that it had confiscated the vessel because it was carrying coal in violation of United Nations sanctions, a first-of-its kind enforcement action that came amid a delicate moment in relations with North Korea.

"We are condemning in strongest terms this act of dispossessing of our cargo ship because this instance is only product of extreme hostile policy of the United States against DPRK", he told reporters at U.N. headquarters.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un in Russian Federation.

Avoiding a direct comment on the matter, Seoul's Unification Ministry spokesman Lee Sang-min said the government has been faithfully implementing UNSC sanctions against North Korea.

After the second summit between the two countries in Hanoi, Vietnam, was cut short in February, Washington claimed the North Korean leader had insisted on the complete removal of all sanctions on his country, which the USA did not agree to. However recent negotiations between the two leaders in Vietnam collapsed due to disagreements over the timing of sanctions relief.

Trump has shrugged off Kim's deadline and the missile launches, saying he is in no hurry for a deal.

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