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 BidenCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Biden to host 'virtual fireside chat' with donors Esper faces tough questions on dismissal of aircraft carrier's commander 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 UnTired of worrying about the pandemic? There's always Pyongyang Overnight Defense: Pentagon orders bases to stop reporting coronavirus numbers | Hospital ship arrives in NY | Marines pause sending new recruits to boot camp | Defense bill work delayed North Korea: 'Reckless remarks' by Pompeo show US doesn't want nuclear talks MORE and President TrumpDonald John TrumpCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump hits Illinois governor after criticism: 'I hear him complaining all the time' 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."