As Dennis Rodman visits, North Korea pledges ‘bitter hatred for the U.S.’

February 27, 2013

Dennis Rodman is surrounded by journalists in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Kim Kwang Hyon/Associated Press)

Dennis Rodman's ongoing "basketball diplomacy" to North Korea, which his agent says is meant to convince "Kim Jong" that "the only way to go is with peace not war," doesn't seem to have exactly revolutionized North Korean foreign policy just yet.

North Korean state media issued an editorial today calling the U.S. a "rabid dog" and threatening it with "death by merciless strikes," as noted by DPRK-watcher Adam Cathcart.

"The U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet forces are getting hell-bent on war exercises, crying out for "punishment" of the DPRK over its peaceful satellite launch and nuclear test.

A club is fit for a rabid dog.

If they dare pounce upon the DPRK, they will face death by merciless strikes of its powerful revolutionary Paektusan army."

There's also a line about "bitter hatred for the U.S. imperialists."

None of this is particularly unusual, of course. But it's a fun reminder that Rodman's trip to the country is going to have a very tough time changing any minds in Pyongyang, though it may lend some of them a hand by bestowing a bit of legitimacy.

Read more: Dennis Rodman's trip to North Korea is bizarre. Is it also unethical?

Video of Rodman in Pyongyang

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