In a colorful statement from the Hermit Kingdom of North Korea, the government denounced a U.S. senator as being a "man mixed in with human dirt" in reaction to his comments calling their leader, Kim Jong Un, a "whackjob."
The government-run Korean Central News Agency released the statement Monday against Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado.
“It is a serious provocation that Gardner like a psychopath dare to bear the evil that dares our highest dignity,” it read.
“It is America’s misfortune that a man mixed in with human dirt like Gardner, who has lost basic judgment and body hair, could only spell misfortune for the United States,” it continued.
Gardner has been pushing for a tightening of sanctions on North Korea, saying recently that the U.S. should relentlessly pursue a policy of "maximum pressure" to "achieve peaceful denuclearization." The statement from North Korea decried his advocacy.
“Gardner, who has been advocating in the front line for his ‘repressive sanctions pressure,’ which has been rejected by [North] Korea, has touched our highest dignity," the statement said, "revealing himself as a fierce confrontational fanatic."
A doctrine of maximum pressure cannot be another slogan. It must be a policy we pursue relentlessly to achieve peaceful denuclearization.
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) May 8, 2017
Gardner responded to the statement Monday, saying, "I’m going to continue to call on the president to fully enforce my legislation that will economically cripple the North Korean regime, and if that gets this madman to send nonsensical insults at me, so be it.”
President Donald Trump has been attempting to use diplomatic pressure to rein in North Korean aggression that has manifested itself in continued missile tests and belligerent statements threatening the U.S. and South Korea. Trump recently said that the U.S. and North Korea are heading toward a "major, major" conflict, unless diplomacy mollified the antagonistic dictatorship.
Trump was also criticized for referring to the North Korean dictator as a "smart cookie," which reminded critics of other compliments he had paid to authoritarians like Russian President Vladimir Putin.