North Korea is so riled about Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s heading the House Foreign Affairs Committee that its official newspaper launched a tirade so unhinged that it even misstated the Florida Republican’s gender, according to The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire political blog
. The Korean Central News Agency, the house organ for Pyongyang’s secretive Stalinist government, identified her as the “man representing the U.S. conservative hard-liners” and went on to brand him — uh, her — as “human scum” and “an anti-communist fanatic.
“He is a political illiterate,” the editorial continued.
Ros-Lehtinen, who was elected to Congress in 1989, is a Cuban-American from Miami who prefers sanctions over engagement with adversaries such as North Korea and Iran. Her appointment probably signals a tougher tone in Congress on foreign policy matters and more skepticism toward the Obama administration’s State Department.
“Rogue regimes never respond to anything less than hardball,” Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement after colleagues named her Foreign Affairs chairwoman. She declined comment on North Korea’s editorial slurs.
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