North Korea’s fury with Joe Biden as Kim Jong-un’s sister lashed out at ‘wrong President’

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Mr Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States today at a ceremony set to be watched by millions. In the lead-up to President Trump’s final hours in power, he has pardoned 73 people including his former advisor Steven Bannon. The US has witnessed chaotic scenes this month including pro-Trump protestors storming the Capitol building in opposition to Mr Biden. 

But President Trump’s supporters are not the only ones dissatisfied with the results from the 2020 election, which saw Mr Biden win 306 votes over President Trump’s 232 in the Electoral College. 

North Korea has regularly voiced their support for the departing President to have a second term and publicly denounced his Democratic opponent.

In one statement, Kim Yo-Jong, the sister of the nation’s rule Kim Jong-un, branded Mr Biden “a rabid dog”.

She told KCNA news agency in 2019: “Rabid dogs like Biden can hurt lots of people if they are allowed to run about.

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“They must be beaten to death with a stick.”

KCNA, which regularly shares propaganda from the state, claimed that Mr Biden came under fire from North Korea for taking a swipe at Kim Jong-un. 

While officials did not state what the offensive remark was, they commented that he had “the temerity to dare [to] slander the dignity of the supreme leadership”.

The Guardian speculated that an advert Mr Biden ran to denounce President Trump’s foreign policy may have provoked their anger.

In the advert, a photograph of Kim Jong-un and the US leader was shown along with the words: “Dictators and tyrants are praised, our allies pushed aside.”

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This wasn’t the only vocal opposition the nation had raised against a Biden-presidency. 

Sue Mi Terry, a North Korea expert for the Centre for Strategic International Studies, warned that their frustration with Mr Biden could even lead to more missile tests.

She told The Impossible State podcast in November that “the North Koreans do not like staying ignored”. 

Ms Terry said: “They need to reset the stage to increase leverage or get back to negotiations and we do not want to test this.”

North Korea could expect a change to their relationship with the US after Mr Biden wrote an op-ed in a South Korean newspaper in December. 

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In the piece, he voiced support for the state and reiterated that his nation’s allegiance was with them and not Kim Jong-un’s regime. 

This came after President Trump chose not to act when North Korea blew-up an inter-Korean communications facility in June – a sign of their increased hostility.

Victor Cha, also from CSIS, told The Impossible State that the nation would “force themselves onto the [US] agenda”.

Mr Cha said: “What concerns me is that I think Kim Jong-un and the leadership there will see ‘strategic patience’ from Biden. 

“That’s what I worry about and they may do a provocation just to say, ‘We won’t stand for strategic patience anymore’, which could set-off dynamics.”

The concern about North Korea testing its nuclear capability is not unfounded as the nation has regularly carried out tests around US elections and inaugurations.

Over the years there has been a drastic increase in provocations from the state despite sanctions.

Under two terms of Barack Obama, Kim Jong-un conducted 61 ballistic tests.

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During President Trump’s time in the White House there were 40 ballistic missile tests and one hydrogen bomb test.

Chad O’Carroll, from NK News, told The Impossible State in 2019 that Mr Biden was far from the first choice for Kim Jong-un because he was into “substance not showmanship”.

He said: “This is, in my opinion, a clear North Korean preference for Donald Trump, I don’t think they are interested in Biden.

“I don’t think they would be particularly interested in a slow drawn-out traditional diplomatic process at this stage, especially with all of these problems.

“They need something prompt to relieve this pressure and I do think Trump is the only one that they feel can probably offer that.”

Ian Bennett, who carries out workshops for entrepreneurs in North Korea, felt the public struggled to understand whether President Trump was a friend or a foe.

Last year, he told “A few years ago, you would see all this propaganda where there was a foreigner being crushed under a Korean boot and other images.

“Since then, they’ve had to do a 180 and say, ‘Now he’s meeting our leader and is the leader’s friend’ – how do you turn around with that?

“I think they’ve had a bit of that to deal with and I think they are a bit perplexed by Trump, just as we all are.”

The Impossible State podcast is produced by the Centre for Strategic International Studies and can be listened to here. 

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