SEOUL (AFP) - Pyongyang's state media has published an open letter purportedly from Abraham Lincoln to President Barack Obama, chastising him for stifling the "government of the people, by the people, for the people" - ie, North Korea.
In the piece uploaded on the North's propaganda website DPRK Today on Monday (April 11), the 16th US president who was assassinated in 1865 "advised" the 44th president that North Korea would never crumble under sanctions and economic blockades.
"Lincoln" said he had decided to give Obama this advice when he saw Obama "standing in front of my portrait deeply engaged in contemplation during your Easter prayer meeting".
"I felt heavy in mind to hear such words as 'the toughest and most effective sanctions in the history of the United Nations' were imposed' on North Korea," he said.
"I will repeat what I said when I was alive. Government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the Earth. This is truth," the fake letter said, quoting Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in 1863.
"It looks as if I had prepared these words in advance for US politicians who target a country where the people rule," the piece said.
It also derided Obama's speech he made in Prague seven years ago expressing commitment to creating a nuclear-free world.
It is a "mockery to the entire world" that the United States which boasts the world's largest nuclear arsenal "pays only a lip service like a parrot" and does nothing to removing its own nuclear weapons, the article said.
North Korea's state media often derides US and South Korean leaders at times of high tension, but such historical allusions are rare.