Pyongyang isn't exactly losing sleep over the torrent of racist insults it hurled at President Obama—instead, it calls the comments "a proper reaction to him who malignantly insulted and slandered the dignified" North Korea. The offensive language was attributed in state media to officials and a worker, Yonhap News notes; it came after Obama criticized the North during a visit to South Korea. The US has responded to the verbal attacks, with a National Security Council rep calling them "particularly ugly and disrespectful."
Meanwhile, One Free Korea has now posted a full translation of the piece in question, titled "May heaven's punishment be visited on Obama, the world's sole juvenile delinquent." The piece quotes citizens with comments like:
- "I am sure Obama is a monkey and doubt he is a human."
- Obama, a "sub-human," "should not dare stab his finger at … our republic, the people's paradise, like a raven arguing that he is whiter than the heron."
- "Dark head-dome and dull gray eyes, cavernous nostrils, thick-lipped maw—the more I gaze at him, the more I see a monkey in a primeval forest."
Official media also recently offered sexist attacks on South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Yonhap notes, calling her "an old prostitute coquetting with outside forces." Such statements aren't going over well with the South, which today made what Reuters
is calling a "rare direct attack" on the North. A ministry of defense rep referred to it as "an unreal country that constantly lies" and should "cease to exist" (or, in the AP's
translation, "must disappear soon").