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Trump Likened to ‘a Dog Barking’ by North Korea’s Top Envoy

Other than Mr. Ri’s remarks, there has been no reaction from the North Korean government or Mr. Kim. But on Thursday, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency reported that Mr. Kim had been visiting orchards.

“I feel so good I feel like dancing,” Mr. Kim was quoted as saying, while looking at branches hung low with ripe apples and other fruits.

North Korea, a master of tough talk, often resorts to colorful Korean proverbs in its propaganda at home or in its diatribes against its external enemies. Loyalty to Mr. Kim, for example, comes as naturally to North Koreans as “streams knowing which gully to travel to reach the sea,” it says.

The dog and caravan idiom is a favorite when North Korean propagandists want to dismiss America as an inconsequential mutt yapping at what they call their country’s surging march toward mastering nuclear armaments.

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North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho. Credit Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

In North Korea’s official news media, writers routinely deploy punchy metaphors originating in Korean proverbs to jab at enemies.

When South Korean and United States troops engage in their annual joint exercises, propagandists liken them to “fools rushing into flame with hay bundles on their back.”

Animals, especially dogs, appear prominently in these proverbs.

When they think the Americans don’t make sense, North Koreans say, “Even a dead cow would sit up and laugh.” About Japan, they say, “However hard it tries, a crow can never become a pigeon.”

When President George W. Bush called North Korea part of an “axis of evil” in 2002, the country called him “a puppy knowing no fear of the tiger.”

In a common North Korean school textbook fable, however, the roles are reversed: the arrogant tiger (the Americans) is repelled by the daring porcupine bristling with its needles (North Korea with its missiles).

On Thursday, South Korea formalized its plan to send $ 8 million in humanitarian aid to North Korea for malnourished children and pregnant women. But the government said it had yet to decide when to provide the aid, which will be delivered through the United Nations’ World Food Program and the United Nations Children’s Fund, or Unicef.

The government said it would consider “various situations, including South-North Korean relations,” before making that decision. Last Friday, in a call with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, complained about the South Korean aid plan, taking issue with its timing, South Korean officials said. Japan feared that the planned aid would undermine international efforts to apply maximum sanctions and pressure to force North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons programs.

But on Thursday, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon of South Korea reconfirmed that his government would keep humanitarian aid separate from United Nations sanctions against North Korea, a stance shared by Unicef and other relief agencies. “Children are children,” said Karin Hulshof, Unicef’s regional director for East Asia and the Pacific, in a statement on Thursday appealing for donations for the North Korean children. “They do not have politics. And they do not deserve to suffer for situations entirely beyond their control.”

Unicef estimates that about 200,000 North Korean children are affected by acute malnutrition, heightening their risk of death or stunted growth. About 350,000 children under the age of 5 have not received vaccinations against life-threatening diseases, it said. Food and essential medicines and equipment to treat young children are in short supply.

But some South Koreans wondered why they should help North Korea when it is using its resources on its nuclear weapons and missile programs while its children were starving. “We are speechless about the government decision,” said Chung Tae-ok, a spokesman for the main opposition Korea Liberty Party.

Source: NYT > World

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