The White House has fired back against "particularly ugly and disrespectful" comments from North Korea's government-run media, which called President Barack Obama a "wicked black monkey," among several highly racist remarks.
"While the North Korean Government-controlled media are distinguished by their histrionics, these comments are particularly ugly and disrespectful," Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the White House's National Security Council, said in a statement.
Hayden's comments are in response to several highly racist characterizations of Obama by KCNA, which in one piece, published in Korean, called him a "wicked black money," CNN reported.
In an article titled "Divine punishment to the world's one and only delinquent Obama," the government-run agency added: "You can also tell this by his appearance and behavior, and while it may be because he is a crossbreed, one cannot help thinking the more one sees him that he has escaped from a monkey's body."
KCNA has also reportedly called South Korean President Park Geun-hye an "indecent philistine and vile prostitute serving the U.S." in further inflammatory statements, inferring that she has a mental disease for her close ties with the U.S.
Last week, an official report by Kim Jong Un's government called the U.S. a "living hell," claiming that "elementary rights to existence are ruthlessly violated" there.
"Such poor human right records in the U.S. are an inevitable product of the ruling quarters' policy against humanity," the report continued. "Its chief executive, Obama, indulges himself in luxury almost every day, squandering hundred millions of dollars on his foreign trip in disregard of his people's wretched life."
Several publications, including BBC News, pointed out that North Korea's report was in response to a highly critical 400-page U.N. report released in February which detailed extensively some of the "unspeakable atrocities" being carried out by Kim's government.