North Korea brands Obama a 'monkey' in racist diatribe

The White House has condemned a racist attack by North Korea on US President Barack Obama as "ugly and disrespectful".

US President Barack Obama Credit: Reuters

Korea Central News Agency, the mouthpiece of the North Korean regime, released the offensive comments in two propaganda pieces on May 2, which unlike most of its content, was not translated into English.

One description of the President read: "The lifeless eyes in his dark face, the empty holes of his nose, the thick swollen lips, the coarse hair and sticky out ears; the closer you look at him you realise that he has exactly the face of a monkey living in the primeval forests of Africa."

Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said: "While the North Korean government-controlled media are distinguished by their histrionics, these comments are particularly ugly and disrespectful."