North Korea lashed out at the United States Thursday for calling its recent parliamentary election undemocratic.
On Sunday, North Korea held an election for the deputies of its 13th Supreme People's Assembly. It later claimed its leader Kim Jong-un was elected with not a single vote cast against him.
During a regular press briefing the following day, U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said, "I will simply say that is not a model for democracy around the world."
Asked about Kim's supposed capture of 100 percent of the vote, she said it "would be a historic outcome," adding, "I don't know that I have much more analysis, as fun as this is."
"The spokesman for the U.S. State Department was so impudent to say that there is no democracy as regards the election," an unidentified North Korean foreign ministry spokesman told the Korea Central News Agency on Thursday.
Denouncing Washington for its failure to understand its electoral system, the communist country said the U.S. is "ingrained with repugnance toward the Korean-style socialist system."
Stressing that its citizens took part in the election "to consolidate the people's power" while "fully enjoying their rights," the North's spokesman criticized the U.S. for "its dollar-almighty election system."
Ballots in the reclusive nation only have one candidate to choose from for each district. In theory, voters can choose "no," but those who want to oppose the candidate need to cross out his or her name. (Yonhap)