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Biden responds to North Korea: 'I wear their insults as a badge of honor'

Biden responds to North Korea: 'I wear their insults as a badge of honor'
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus Rally crowd chants 'lock him up' as Trump calls Biden family 'a criminal enterprise' Undecided voters in Arizona wary of Trump, crave stability MORE on Friday responded to attacks on him by North Korea saying he will wear insults from the country "as a badge of honor."

North Korea's state news agency KCNA had described him earlier Friday as "a rabid dog" that needed to be put down. 

"It seems that murderous dictator Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnBlessing for Trump: a campaign devoid of foreign policy Bolton: North Korea 'more dangerous now' North Korea unveils large intercontinental ballistic missile at military parade MORE doesn't like me. Add him to the list of autocrats who don't want me to be president — right next to Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinBlessing for Trump: a campaign devoid of foreign policy Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict adds to Putin's headaches, West's worries Trump's hunt for foreign policy wins hits Russian wall MORE," Biden said in a statement released by his campaign. "I wear their insults as a badge of honor."

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He also knocked President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE for his sometimes-warm relationship with Kim, saying "there will be no love letters in a Biden Administration."

"When I am commander in chief, our adversaries will know that America doesn't embrace dictators," Biden said. "All Trump has accomplished is emboldening Kim and endangering our allies."

"Kim would love to see Trump reelected, as would the rest of America's adversaries. That's just one more reason it's so important we beat him next November," he added. 

A KCNA commentary on Friday went after Biden over his age, saying that the “time has come for him to depart his life," according to Reuters.

“It was the last-ditch efforts of the rabid dog expediting his death,” the commentary said. “Rabid dogs like Biden [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.”

The KCNA commentary reportedly did not reference any specific comments by Biden, who has previously criticized Trump's actions toward North Korea. 

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Biden's campaign was among those that had criticized President Trump's meeting this summer with Kim

"President Trump's coddling of dictators at the expense of American national security and interests is one of the most dangerous ways he's diminishing us on the world stage and subverting our values as a nation," Biden spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement in June.