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North Korea calls Biden 'a rabid dog' that needs to be put down

North Korea’s state-run media KCNA on Friday went after former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video MORE, describing the top-tier 2020 contender as "a rabid dog" that needed to be put down, Reuters reports.

KCNA didn't cite any particular comments from the White House hopeful, but the former Delaware senator has been a long-standing critic of North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnUnholy war: The few evangelicals who stood up to Trump Trump offered North Korea's Kim a ride home on Air Force One: report North Korea continued work on nuclear program despite sanctions, UN says MORE and President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE's relationship, saying that Trump was coddling a murderous dictator.

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The state news agency hit Biden over his age, saying that the 76-year-old is in “the final stage of dementia" and that the “time has come for him to depart his life."

“It was the last-ditch efforts of the rabid dog expediting his death,” KCNA said in a commentary. “Rabid dogs like Baiden [sic] can hurt lots of people if they are allowed to run about. They must be beaten to death with a stick, before it is too late.”

North Korea has in the past has lauded Trump for his dealings with Kim, as the two leaders have met three times during Trump's presidency to discuss improving bilateral relations and ending the North's nuclear program.

In May, North Korea also blasted Biden, calling the former vice president an "imbecile."

Andrew Bates, rapid response director for Biden's campaign, responded saying “it's becoming more and more obvious that repugnant dictators, as well as those who admire and ‘love’ them, find Joe Biden threatening."

"That's because he'd restore American leadership in the world on day one by putting our security, interests, and values at the heart of our foreign policy."