North Korea: Joe Biden is a 'Rabid Dog' Who 'Must Be Put to Death'
2020 Democrat blasted for insulting the 'dignity' of Kim Jong-Un's 'supreme leadership'
North Korea has blasted former Vice President Joe Biden, calling him a "rabid dog" who "must be put to death."
The North Korean state-controlled media released a statement hammering the 2020 Democrat, suggesting he "must be beaten to death with a stick."
It remains unclear what exactly provoked Friday's attacks against Biden, but the presidential hopeful has been critical of President Donald Trump's summitry with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un in the past.
The KCNA news agency, the state's mouthpiece for Kim Jong-Un's regime, said the former vice president was exhibiting signs of "the final stage of dementia," and the "time has come for him to depart his life."
"Such a guy had the temerity to dare slander the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK," the commentary reads, using the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
"It was the last-ditch efforts of the rabid dog expediting his death," KCNA said.
"Rabid dogs like Baiden [sic] can hurt lots of people if they are allowed to run about," the statement continues, misspelling Biden's name.
"They must be beaten to death with a stick, before it is too late."
The attack was just the latest swipe by the DPRK against foreign and political leaders it sees as hostile to the North's leadership.
At a campaign rally in Philadelphia in May, Biden accused Trump of "embracing dictators and tyrants like Putin and Kim Jong-un."
In contrast, the state has credited a "close personal relationship" between Kim and Trump for saving ties between their countries from a destructive pattern of hostility.
The leaders have met three times to discuss improving ties and ending the North's nuclear weapons program.
Trump backed a previous personal attack on Biden by North Korea after the DPRK called the presidential candidate "a low IQ idiot" and saying his "candidacy should not carry high expectations."
Trump dismissed criticism that he was siding with a foreign dictator over a fellow American.
Biden has previously accused Trump of cozying up to "dictators and tyrants" and has been highly critical of his summitry with Kim, calling the meetings "three made-for-TV summits."
In June, President Trump became the first sitting US president to visit North Korea after crossing from the demilitarized zone that divides the Korean Peninsula, in a historic move during his third encounter with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
“I didn’t expect to meet you at this place,” Mr. Kim said after Mr. Trump stepped over the border into North Korea.
“We should shake off history and move forward to the future.”
“Big moment,” said Trump, who added that it was an “honor” to cross the border.
South Korea's Yonhap News Agency speculated that North Korea, by insulting Biden, was trying to appeal to Trump, who has continued to describe his personal relationship with Kim as good despite a stalemate in nuclear negotiations over disagreements in exchanging sanctions relief and disarmament steps.
Biden, especially at campaign fundraisers, laments Trump's embrace of authoritarian foreign leaders.
He has specifically named Kim and Russia's Vladimir Putin, calling the pair "thugs" and sometimes detailing Kim's human rights abuses and attacks against dissenters.
"It's becoming more and more obvious that repugnant dictators, as well as those who admire and 'love' them, find Joe Biden threatening," said Andrew Bates, a Biden campaign spokesman.
"That's because he'd restore American leadership in the world on day one by putting our security, interests, and values at the heart of our foreign policy."