US condemns agency’s ‘ugly’ Obama remarks

Comment on this story
iol pic wld Obama~26 Associated Press US President Barack Obama waves from the top of Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport in California. File picture: Susan Walsh

Washington -

The United States on Thursday condemned “ugly and disrespectful” racist comments directed towards President Barack Obama by North Korea's official KCNA news agency.

“While the North Korean government-controlled media are distinguished by their histrionics, these comments are particularly ugly and disrespectful,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden told AFP.

Hayden was referring to a diatribe attacking Obama, published in Korean by KCNA last week, extracts of which were reported by the Washington Post on Thursday.

According to the Post's translation, KCNA unleashed a barrage of racist insults at Obama, describing him as a “crossbreed with unclear blood” who had “the figure of a monkey”.

“It would be perfect for Obama to live with a group of monkeys in the world's largest African natural zoo and lick the bread crumbs thrown by spectators,” the Post cited the commentary as saying.

KCNA has taken its often bombastic rhetoric to new levels in recent weeks, last month decrying South Korean President Park Geun-hye as a “prostitute” in thrall to her “pimp” Obama, while declaring it was ready for “full-scale nuclear war”. - Sapa-AFP

sign up

Comment Guidelines

  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

  5. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. You are only required to verify your email address once to have full access to commenting on articles. For more information please read our comment guidelines