FILE PHOTO: Former Vice President of Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden delivers a speech during the Women's Leadership Forum in Washington, DC, October 1
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea's state-run media on Friday stepped up a personal attack on former US Vice President Joe Biden for slandering his leader, calling Democratic presidential candidate a "rabid dog" that had to be taken down.
The official KCNA news agency did not say that Biden had insulted North's leader Kim Jong Un, but the 2020 presidential hope was critical of US President Donald Trump's policies, saying he coded a murderous dictator.
Spelling Biden's name incorrectly, KCNA said the former vice president was showing signs of "the last phase of dementia" and "it's time he left his life."
The comment states: "Such a man had the courage to dare to offend the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK," using the official name of the North – the People's Republic of Korea.
"It was the last effort of a furious dog to hasten his death," KCNA says. "Mad dogs like Baiden [sic] can hurt many people if they are allowed to run. They must be beaten to death with a stick before it's too late. "
In contrast, the North credits Kim's and Trump's" close personal relations "for rescuing ties between their countries through a destructive hostility scheme.
The leaders met three times to discuss improving ties and termination of North's nuclear weapons program.
Trump backed a previous personal attack on Biden from the North and dismissed criticism that he was a foreign dictator over his comrade.
In May, North Korea called Biden "imbecile" for criticism of its leader.
Report from D. ow Kim; Editing by Clarence Fernandez