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 BidenDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Media organization fights Trump administration over Ukraine documents FOIA Buttigieg releases list of campaign bundlers 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 UnDemocrats approve two articles of impeachment against Trump in Judiciary vote Protesters destroy portraits of US ambassador in South Korea North Korea accuses US of 'hostile provocation' in missile test criticism MORE and President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed 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."