TAUNTS from a top US senator calling their supreme leader a “crazy fat kid” has North Korea in a flap.
In a TV interview with MSNBC, Senator John McCain made the remarks while discussing the tyrant’s recent ballistic missile tests and his repeated threats to destroy the US.
“China is the only one that can control Kim Jong Un, this crazy fat kid that’s running North Korea. They could stop North Korea’s economy in a week,” he told MSNBC’s Greta van Susteren.
“He’s not rational, Greta,” he went on. “We’re not dealing even with someone like Joseph Stalin, who had a certain rationality to his barbarity.”
His assessment of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prompted a strongly-worded response from state-controlled media outlet Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) who called the remarks “a grave provocation” that were “little short of a declaration of war,” according to The Telegraph.
“The service personnel and people of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) are regarding the dignity of their supreme leadership as their life and soul,” the statement read.
“The US must know very well about how they react to any offensive acts against it.”
A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman told KCNA that McCain’s comments were “blasphemy” and that he had offended the dignity of the country and its supreme leadership.
This is not the first time Kim has shown his sensitivity to jibes about his weight.
In November last year North Korea made a state request to officials in China asking them to stop referring to their “glorious leader” as fat.
As a result of the request, China blocked Internet searches for the term Jin San Pang, translated as “Kim Fatty the third”, a widely used nickname for the dictator.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz also found himself in the firing line of the foreign ministry after proposing that North Korea should be relisted as a state sponsor of terrorism.
“Hardline conservative figures like Ted Cruz” are also affronting the “supreme dignity” of Kim, the spokesman said.
North Korea warned McCain and Cruz that they were “like [puppies] knowing no fear of the tiger.”
Senator McCain appeared entirely unfazed by his angering of the tyrannical regime, tweeting on Thursday, “What, did they want me to call him a crazy skinny kid?”
What, did they want me to call him a crazy skinny kid? https://t.co/Ym3juRfBev
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) March 29, 2017