North Korea accused the Trump Administration of being a billionaires’ club that harbors a “policy of racism” while exacerbating social inequalities and denying freedom of the press and health coverage to citizens.
The “White Paper on Human Rights Violations in the U.S. in 2017,” issued by the Institute of International Studies in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on Wednesday, claimed that human rights in the U.S. have deteriorated since President Donald Trump took office last year.
“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 read. “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.”
The paper, which is being circulated by North Korean diplomats in Geneva, did not refer to the row between North Korea and the U.S. and its allies over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs, nor to the international sanctions imposed against it.
A summary of the paper was released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Wednesday.
The KCNA summary accused Trump of packing his cabinet with billionaires, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; former private equity investor Wilbur Ross, who is now Secretary of Commerce; ex–Goldman Sachs investor Steven Mnuchin, who is now Secretary of the Treasury; and Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
“The total assets of public servants at the level of deputy secretary and above of the current administration are worth $14 billion,” the paper said.
The North Korean paper then said that genuine freedoms of the press and of expression did not exist in the United States, and that crackdowns against the media had intensified in the past year.
The report summary also argued that an “absolute majority of the working masses, deprived of elementary rights to survival, are hovering in the abyss of nightmare,” citing unemployment statistics and homelessness as evidence.
Pyongyang released the White Paper shortly after Trump criticized North Korean human rights abuses during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. During that speech, the president called Kim Jong Un “depraved” and told the world that North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear missiles could “soon threaten” the U.S. mainland.