John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw": North Korea

In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on today called US Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw."

Last Updated: Aug 20, 2014, 15:05 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Seoul: Adding to its list of insults hurled against significant leaders from rival countries, the `herit kingdom` country of North Koea has called on Wednesday called US Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw."

North Korea, which easily gets peeved at annual joint US-South Korea drills, considering them a rehearsal to invade Pyongyang, has in past too, unleashed vicious personal attacks on leaders like US President barack Obama and South Korea`s Park Geun-Hye.

In April this year, when Obama visited South and called North a “pariah state”, North Korea launched a sharp-worded diatribe referring to Park as a “prostitute” and Obama as her “pimp”.

"Park Geun-Hye`s recent behaviour with Obama was like a mean, immature girl begging gangsters to beat up someone she does not like," said the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK).  

"Or a crafty prostitute eagerly trying to frame someone by giving her body to a powerful pimp," it added, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

In the latest slur, an unidentified policy department spokesman at the North Korean defense commission, led by leader Kim Jong Un, described Kerry as a "wolf donning the mask of sheep."

The latest slur against John Kerry, which appeared only in a Korean-language dispatch, suggested that it was meant to rally anti-US sentiment and burnish the leadership`s image domestically at a time when Washington and Seoul are conducting annual military drills that Pyongyang calls an invasion rehearsal.

The spokesman criticized Kerry for recently saying Washington wants to see peace on the Korean Peninsula although the US and South Korea then went ahead with their summertime drills that North Korea has demanded be scrapped. The US and South Korea say the drills are defensive in nature.

The North Korean spokesman also criticized Kerry`s comments on North Korea`s human rights record and weapons programs.

"His behavior fully revealed once again the US inveterate nature as a hypocrite who has deceived and mocked mankind with all sorts of gimmicks," the spokesman said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

South Korean and US officials often criticize the North`s invectives but stop short of similar rhetoric against North Korean leaders.

But conservative activists in South Korea frequently use images depicting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a pig in anti-Pyongyang rallies.

Tension on the Korean Peninsula remains high as North Korea has conducted an unusually large number of missile and artillery test firings this year.
With Agency Inputs