North Korea is accusing the United States of pushing racist policies, exacerbating social inequalities and cracking down on press freedom in a document being circulated by its diplomatic mission in Geneva.
According to a Tuesday Reuters report, the “White Paper on Human Rights Violations in the U.S. in 2017” claims that human rights conditions in the U.S. have worsened since President 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 white paper, issued by the Institute of International Studies in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), reads, according to Reuters.
The document accuses Trump of stacking his cabinet with billionaires, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a former ExxonMobil CEO, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive.
It also points to violent clashes that erupted in Charlottesville, Va. last year during a white nationalist rally as an example of heightened racial tensions in the U.S.
“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 says.
Trump took aim at Pyongyang in his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, saying that “no regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea.”
He also warned in that address that North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons could soon threaten the U.S.
The North Korean white paper was among the latest salvos in the country’s feud with the Trump administration. It cast the U.S. as a withering nation with rising rates of unemployment and homelessness, and blasted Washington as hypocritical for touting the importance of human rights.
“The U.S., ‘guardian of democracy’ and ‘human rights champion’, is kicking up the human rights racket but it can never camouflage its true identity as the gross violator of human rights,” the document says, according to Reuters.