North Korea launched a visceral diatribe against US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, calling the former vice-president a “rabid dog” -- while also borrowing the terminology of Donald Trump.
Pyongyang is renowned for its vitriol, but the verbal deluge was unusually ferocious even by its own standards.
Biden “had the temerity to dare slander the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK”, the North’s official KCNA news agency said late Thursday, referring to the country by its official name.
“Rabid dogs like Biden can hurt lots of people if they are allowed to run about,” it went on. “They must be beaten to death with a stick.
“Doing so will be beneficial for the US also,” it added.
It was not immediately clear what had provoked Pyongyang’s ire, but Biden’s campaign on Friday seemed to relish the attack.
“It seems that murderous dictator Kim Jong Un doesn’t like me,” Biden said in a statement. “Add him to the list of autocrats who don’t want me to be president -- right next to Vladimir Putin. I wear their insults as a badge of honor.”
Biden, who vowed not to “embrace dictators”, said that Trump is “emboldening” the North Korean leader.
Kim “would love to see Trump re-elected, as would the rest of America’s adversaries. That’s just one more reason it’s so important we beat him next November”, Biden said.