North Korea and the U.S. haven’t been on good terms for a while, and a just-published story may make things worse.
In an editorial by Korean Central News Agency, the North Korean state media, it called President Trump’s “America-First” policy and ideology one that “advocates the world domination by recourse to military means just as was the case with Hitler’s concept of world occupation.”
It went on to add that Trump is “following Hitler’s dictatorial politics” by dividing the world into two categories, “friends and foes,” in order to justify “suppression.”
The biting remarks are nothing new for the state-run media or the administration, which has called senators “psychopaths” and referred to Barack Obama as a “juvenile delinquent,” “clown” and “dirty fellow” who “does not even have the basic appearances of a human being.”
They’ve called South Korea’s President a “senile granny,” George Bush “a chicken in soaked in the rain,” and Donald Rumsfeld “human scum.”
Former Secretary of State John Kerry had a “hideous lantern jaw,” according to the North Korean State, and Hillary Clinton is a “funny lady” who is “by no means intelligent.”
These insults probably sting — but in the way playground bullying stings. They’ve never gone so far as to compare a sitting political figure to the most infamous mass murderer of all time.
The criticism comes after Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student who was arrested for trying to steal a North Korean propaganda sign, was returned to the US with severe brain damage. Warmbier died six days later.
In response, Trump began pushing for stronger sanctions against the country over its nuclear programs — sanctions that North Korean media said block medical supplies to those in need in an act “far exceeding the degree of Hitler’s blockade of Leningrad.”
North Korea also reiterated its attacks on Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, which it had previously called the “height of egotism.”
Now, they’re saying the decision is “a crime to annihilate humankind by turning green planet into a poisonous gas room as a whole.”
All of these accusations could be considered ironic coming from a regime with one of the worst human rights records in the world, where citizens have very little freedom and about 200,000 prisoners held in political prison camps face beatings, torture and starvation.
These camps have been compared to Nazi concentration camps by the United Nations. North Korea says they don’t exist.
North Korea is comparing President Donald Trump to Hitler & his policies to Nazism. Critics of Kim Jong Un's regime would call this ironic.
— Will Ripley (@willripleyCNN) June 27, 2017
“Typically, North Korean media blows hot and cold on US and South Korean leaders until a decision is reached that engagement with them is out of the question…What matters is the trend, i.e., whether harsh personal characterizations become routine,” an analysis by Johns Hopkins scholar, Robert Carlin, reads.
“The drift over the past few months has been increasingly albeit cautiously negative, in part as a reaction to what the North sees as negative developments in the US approach. Nevertheless, it is still early in the Trump administration for Pyongyang to have closed and bolted the door to engagement.”
If they don’t lock the door, it seems Trump himself probably will.
Knowing the fragility of these two hotheaded, nuclear-armed leaders’ egos, we’ll be lucky if they contain their fight to Internet insults.
Next, read about the time North Korea banned sarcasm. Then check out 27 rare glimpses of North Korea’s strange version of the Internet.