North Korea's official news agency blasted the incoming chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee — while mistaking her for a chairman.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), a Cuban immigrant, has been a regular target of dictator Fidel Castro and his Latin American allies Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Bolivian President Evo Morales.
But the Korean Central News Agency, the mouthpiece of Pyongyang in a country with no free media, said Wednesday that Ros-Lehtinen's calls for North Korea to again be listed as a state sponsor of terrorism were "intolerable as it is malignant vituperation against the dignified DPRK and its system."
"Ros, man representing the U.S. conservative hard-liners, is human scum as he earned ill-fame as an anti-communist fanatic," the KCNA wrote. "He is a political illiterate ignorant of the background against which the nuclear issue cropped up on the Korean Peninsula and the processes to settle it.
"It is natural to hear such rubbish from him."
North Korea said it was concerned that Ros-Lehtinen is taking the helm of Foreign Affairs as "it is quite clear that he would escalate the anti-DPRK campaign in Congress and political arena."
The KCNA claimed pressure was already bearing fruit as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has vowed to pursue the terror designation and new sanctions in the next Congress and the State Department would tighten existing sanctions.
"The U.S. conservative hardliners, however, are crying out for relisting
the DPRK as a 'state sponsor of terrorism'. This is a despicable bid to
check the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The army and
people of the DPRK will never pardon Ros and his group," KCNA said.