March 23, 2018 13:09
North Korean media resumed their virulent anti-U.S. propaganda on Thursday, calling the Americans "the most vicious and cunning imperialists in the world" and "brutes in human form."
The regime had largely refrained from florid rhetoric against the U.S. since U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The fresh denunciation came after Choe Kang-il, deputy director general for North American affairs at the North Korean Foreign Ministry, attended a meeting with academics and officials from the two Koreas and the U.S. in Helsinki, Finland the previous day.
It appears not to have gone according to plan.
In an editorial titled "An illusion about imperialism means death," the official Rodong Sinmun said, "The U.S.' chronic aversion and hostility to independent countries can never change, no matter how much time has passed and no matter who holds power" in Washington.
"Cunning maneuvers by the U.S. contributed to the collapse of socialist countries in eastern Europe in the past and they have driven many countries like Iraq and Libya into civil wars recently," it added.
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