Just as U.S. President Donald Trump was preparing to lambast North Korea as “a menace that threatens our world” in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Pyongyang attempted to undercut Trump’s “ominous” rhetoric by releasing a white paper that highlights America’s “gross” human rights violations and deep inequities, from its failure to “embrace paid maternity leave” to its exorbitant healthcare costs.
“In the U.S. the absolute majority of the working masses, deprived of elementary rights to survival, are hovering in the abyss of nightmare.”
“In the U.S. the absolute majority of the working masses, deprived of elementary rights to survival, are hovering in the abyss of nightmare,” the report declares, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
Officially titled the “White Paper on Human Rights Violations in the U.S. in 2017,” the report also highlights other major American social and economic issues, including:
- “Soaring school expenses,” which “are plunging the students into the hell of loans”;
- The number of deaths caused by the “flu, lung diseases, and asthma”;
- Pay disparities between men and women;
- Rampant sexual abuse; and
- Homelessness and “number of the poor families living in rented rooms devoid of elementary facilities for living.”
In addition to slamming the broader and long-standing facts of American life that consistently put the U.S. behind other wealthy nations, Pyongyang also took aim at the Trump administration, which it characterized as a collection of racist “billionaires” and “their mouthpieces” who only serve the “interests of a handful of the rich circles.”
“Racial discrimination and misanthropy are serious maladies inherent to the social system of the U.S., and they have been aggravated since Trump took office,” the paper declares. “The racial violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12 is a typical example of the acme of the current administration’s policy of racism.”