The North Korea state media outlet Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) has described President Donald Trump’s “America First” program as an “American version of Nazism.”
The column, published in KNCA, claims that Trump, by adopting “America First” policies, is “far surpassing the fascism in the last century in its ferocious, brutal and chauvinistic nature,” referring to German dictator Adolf Hitler.
“The ‘American-first principle’ arouses denunciation by the public at home and abroad as it advocates the world domination by recourse to military means just as was the case with Hitler’s concept of world occupation,” the article continues.
It went on to claim that Trump does not recognize other countries’ right to self-determination and only ever seeks to defend America’s interests.
The article is part of a campaign against the United States following June 25, the anniversary of the launch of the Korean war, which state newspaper Rodong Sinmun refers to “the day of struggle against U.S. imperialism.”
“If the U.S. imperialists and puppet war maniacs ignite a nuclear war on this land, the Korean army and people will annihilate all the invaders by dint of the single-minded unity, invincible military forces, incredible self-reliance and self-development, and surely achieve the historic cause of national reunification,” Rodong Sinmun warned, highlighting photos from an anti-American march in Pyongyang.
In March, the North Korean government’s Institute of International Studies released a report that concluded America was “a human rights desert where even elementary human rights are not provided.”
North Korea operates as a fascist state known for its brutal treatment of dissidents. Last year, the government warned its citizens to prepare for another “arduous march,” a reference to the famine during the 1990s that killed an estimated three million people. And last week, American student Otto Warmbier died after returning to America from North Korea, having reportedly fallen into a coma after being detained by authorities for stealing government paraphernalia from his hotel, which they described as a “hostile act” against the regime.
Trump is set to meet the recently elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in Washington discuss the North Korean threat this week. The Trump administration is currently pursuing a policy of “maximum pressure and engagement” through sanctions until nuclear disarmament, while Jae-in plans to increase dialogue and cooperation between the North and the South.
Tensions between America and North Korea have escalated in recent months. In April, military sources confirmed that Donald Trump and his administration were prepared to launch a preemptive conventional strike against North Korea should they carry out further nuclear weapons tests.
Analysts still believe that the country is “primed and ready” to carry out a nuclear test based on satellite images but are still not capable of enacting a full-scale nuclear attack. However, the country’s state broadcasters have claimed they “would hit the U.S. first” with nuclear weapons at any sign of aggression or provocation.