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Biden says NK insults ‘badge of honor’

By Yonhap
  • Published : Nov 17, 2019 - 11:32
  • Updated : Nov 17, 2019 - 11:32

Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden has responded to North Korea’s recent description of him as a “rabid dog,” saying he wears such insults as a “badge of honor.”

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a town hall meeting in Oskaloosa, Iowa on Nov. 11. AP-Yonhap

The former US vice president made the remarks in a statement Friday, a day after Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency said in a commentary that rabid dogs like Biden “must be beaten to death with a stick,” according to US media outlets, including The Hill. Biden has been critical of US President Donald Trump’s engagement with dictators.

“It seems that murderous dictator Kim Jong-un doesn’t like me,” Biden was quoted as saying. “Add him to the list of autocrats who don’t want me to be president -- right next to Vladimir Putin. I wear their insults as a badge of honor.”

Biden has shown aversion to Trump’s handling of North Korea, particularly after the communist regime’s launches of short-range projectiles. Late last month, he said that Trump’s “love letters” to Kim delivered little more than made-for-TV moments.

Biden also criticized Trump’s warm ties with the North Korean leader, saying that all Trump has accomplished is “emboldening Kim and endangering our allies.”

“When I am commander in chief, our adversaries will know that America doesn’t embrace dictators,” he said in the statement.

“Kim would love to see Trump reelected, as would the rest of America’s adversaries. That’s just one more reason it’s so important we beat him next November,” he added.

Such criticism came amid stalled nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang. The two sides held the last working-level talks on the North’s denuclearization in Sweden last month but made little progress. (Yonhap)