North Korea has once again acted like a teacher during a fire drill: No Class.
In another odd action by the isolated dictatorship, North Korea stepped upon the international stage and took aim at John Kerry’s facial shape. Better than taking aim at one of South Korea’s navy vessels, but still.
Of course it’s not the first time John Kerry’s looks have been the target of ridicule, conservative pundit, Rush Limbaugh, often referring to John Kerry as the Addams Family character, Lurch. But, like Limbaugh, perhaps North Korea and their often lampooned dictator, Kim Jong Un, are just lashing out because they’re always teased about their own physical appearances and other issues?
Regardless, North Korea has made a habit of launching personal attacks on leaders of other countries, and the Associated Press reports that they called John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, a wolf with a “hideous lantern jaw.”
But Kerry should be able to work his way past the sophomoric insult. Surely he’s been called worse. At the same time, the slam also joins John Kerry to a prestigious company of others that have also suffered name-calling at the hands of North Korean officials. Just in the past year they called President Barack Obama a monkey, and South Korean President, Park Geun-hye, a prostitute.
Both pretty rude by any measure.
The North Koreans hurled the insult about John Kerry’s alleged “lantern jaw” on Wednesday, the slur showing up in a Korean-language dispatch.
According to the AP report, this suggests the Kerry snub was meant to rally anti-U.S. sentiment while also damaging the image of U.S. leadership in the eyes of the North Korean people. Casting Kerry with a “lantern jaw” has also come at the time of annual, joint U.S. and South Korean military training exercises which North Korean officials call an “invasion rehearsal”.
North Korean Leader, Kim Jong Un’s policy department released the statement via an unidentified spokesman at the North Korean defense commission, calling Kerry a “wolf donning the mask of sheep.”
The Washington Post reports that the statement questioned how Kerry could say Washington would like to see peace on the Korean Peninsula, yet carried on with their annual Summer military training that North Korea has insisted be stopped. Both the U.S. and South Korea claim the exercises are defensive.
North Korea was also none too pleased that Kerry was critical of their human rights record and weapons programs, the spokesman saying in his statement:
“His (John Kerry’s) behavior fully revealed once again the U.S. inveterate nature as a hypocrite who has deceived and mocked mankind with all sorts of gimmicks.”
While the U.S. is often critical of North Korea’s penchant for personal ridicule, they generally don’t come back with similar attacks of their own. South Korea, however, has no such scruples, often fashioning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in unflattering ways at anti-North Korean rallies.
While the U.S. and South Korea continue training, North Korea has reportedly been conducting a number of missile and artillery test firings of its own this year, putting name-calling, though rude, pretty low on the list of Korean Peninsula concerns.
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