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North Korea calls Joe Biden ‘fool of low IQ’ over Kim Jong Un criticism


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Published 2:58 a.m. ET May 22, 2019 | Updated 3:17 a.m. ET May 22, 2019CLOSEThis May 9, 2019, file photo provided on May 10, by the North Korean government shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, observing a military test in North Korea. North Korea has labeled Joe Biden a “fool of low IQ” and an “imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being” after the Democratic presidential hopeful during a recent speech called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a tyrant. (Photo: AP)SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea has labeled Joe Biden a “fool of low IQ” and an “imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being” after the U.S. presidential hopeful called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a tyrant during a recent speech.Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday said the former American vice president had insulted the country’s supreme leadership and committed an “intolerable and serious politically-motivated provocation” against the North.Biden during a campaign launch in Philadelphia on Saturday accused President Donald Trump of cozying up to “dictators and tyrants” like Kim and Russian President Vladimir Putin.“What he uttered is just sophism of an imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being, let alone a politician,” KCNA said.It added: “There is nonstop comment over his bid for candidacy that he is not worth pinning hope on, backed by the jeer that he is a fool of low IQ,” KCNA said.“Yet, he is self-praising himself as being the most popular presidential candidate. This is enough to make a cat laugh,” the report said.There was no immediate reaction from the Biden camp, possibly due to the late hour in the United States.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideNorth Korea has often unleashed crude insults against U.S. and South Korean politicians in past years to criticize what its saw as insults to its leadership or hostile diplomatic and military policies against Pyongyang. The insults have included racist and sexist diatribes, including when the North called former President Barack Obama “a monkey” and former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the country’s first female leader, a prostitute.More: ‘We’re courting danger’: Trump suffers foreign policy setbacks in Iran, North KoreaMore: North Korea accuses US of ‘robbery,’ demands return of seized cargo shipDuring tensions created by a provocative run in missile tests in 2017, Kim called Trump a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” after said that the United States would “totally destroy North Korea” if forced to defend itself or its allies.The North’s description of Trump dramatically improved after Kim initiated diplomacy with Washington and Seoul in 2018 while attempting to leverage his nuclear arsenal for economic and security benefits. The nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang broke down in February when a summit between Kim and Trump collapsed over mismatched demands in sanctions relief and disarmament.More: Biden responds to Trump on Pennsylvania: ‘I’ve never forgotten where I came from’More: Donald Trump travels to South Korea next month to talk about North KoreaMore: North Korea accuses US of ‘robbery,’ demands return of seized cargo shipRead or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/05/22/north-korea-calls-biden-fool/3764796002/

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