"While the North Korean Government-controlled media are distinguished by their histrionics, these comments are particularly ugly and disrespectful," National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.

Hayden was referring to a diatribe attacking Obama, published in Korean by the news agency last week, extracts of which were reported by a publication on Thursday.

According to the publication’s translation, the news agency unleashed a barrage of racist insults at Obama, describing him as a ‘crossbreed with unclear blood’ who had ‘the figure of a monkey.’

"It would be perfect for Obama to live with a group of monkeys in the world's largest African natural zoo and lick the bread crumbs thrown by spectators," the Post cited the commentary as saying.

The news agency has taken its often bombastic rhetoric to new levels in recent weeks, last month decrying South Korean President Park Geun-Hye as a ‘prostitute’ in thrall to her ‘pimp’ Obama, while declaring it was ready for ‘full-scale nuclear war.’


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