NORTH Korea’s official news agency criticized U.S. President Barack Obama’s history-making visit to Hiroshima on Friday.
A commentary published by the state-run Korean Central News Agency on Thursday branded the trip a “childish political calculation”.
It also said the president is a “nuclear war lunatic” hell-bent on the modernization of America’s nuclear arsenal.
The harsh commentary reportedly went on to attack Japan, saying it is using Obama’s trip to play the victim and cover up its atrocities during World War II.
Obama’s visit to Hiroshima will be one for the history books, as he becomes the first sitting U.S. president to visit the city that was once devastated by an atomic bomb dropped by the American military.
He has called for a nuclear-free world and is expected to use this visit to reaffirm the country’s commitment to pursue “peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons”, says the White House.
North Korea’s commentary comes as Obama said the country’s nuclear ambitions pose a serious medium-term threat.
According to Reuters, Obama said during the G7 Summit in Japan that “improved responses” with China and other countries has seen progress on the issue.
He added: “What we’ve seen is improved responses from China and countries in the region…that may reduce the risks of North Korea selling weapons or missile material to other countries.”
Japan also expressed concern over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, with president Shinzo Abe calling it a “threat to international peace”.
Additional reporting by Associated Press