US President Donald Trump (photo credit: AFP)

Just as US President Donald Trump began his first State of the Union address,  North Korea denounced the US as a “gross violator of human rights”.

The verdict is contained in an English-language report released by the official Korean Central News Agency on Pyongyang’s annual white paper on US human rights violations.

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This report is in reaction to condemnations by the US regularly ranks North Korea high on its list of nations with very poor respect for their citizens’ human rights.

“The US, ‘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,” KCNA cited the white paper as saying.

“Racial discrimination and misanthropy are serious maladies inherent to the social system of the US, and they have been aggravated since Trump took office,” it said.

“The anti-popular policies the Trump administration pursued openly in one year were, without exception, for the interests of a handful of the rich circles,” it said.

The report said the Trump-led administration is peopled “billionaires from conglomerates” while the average working-class American hovers “in the abyss of nightmare” as he faces rising medical costs.

North Korea is believed to have over 120,000 imprisoned in its gulag-style prisons. This has prompted many a UN report including the 2014 report which concluded North Korea was committing human rights violations “without parallel in the contemporary world”.

The report, however, has been described as nothing but a work of fiction authored by the US by Pyongyang.