The United States, South Korea, and the United Nations all condemned the North’s missile launch, the first of its kind in a year, in violation of United States Security Council resolutions.
On Saturday, Ri Pyong Chol, a high-ranking MP for Kim Jong Un, described President Joe Biden’s criticism of the North’s missile tests as a provocation and an encroachment on the North’s right to self-defense. Ri said it was “gangster-like logic” for Washington to criticize the north’s launches while the US freely tested ICBMs.
North Korea has used colorful slurs against rivals in the past.
Before Kim Jong Un entered the currently stalled nuclear talks with the United States in 2018, he called then-President Donald Trump “the deranged US dotard” after Trump described him as a “little rocket man”.
In 2019, North Korea called Biden, then a hopeful president, a “rabid dog” and a “low-IQ fool” when it criticized his comments on his leadership.
Some experts say North Korea’s recent missile launches and harsh language are designed to put pressure on the Biden government as it shapes its policy towards North Korea. They say North Korea ultimately wants the United States to relax sanctions against the North while accepting it as a nuclear-armed state.