The U.S. has condemned North Korea’s state media after it described President Barack Obama as a ‘wicked black monkey’.

A spokeswoman in Washington DC said the racist rhetoric, made two days after the U.S leader paid a state visit to South Korea, was ‘ugly and disrespectful’.

Korea Central News Agency, the mouthpiece of the government in Pyongyang, made the attack in one of two pieces aimed at Mr Obama and South Korean president Park Geun-hye.

Both pieces were only in Korean and were not translated into English by the news agency.

Kang Hyuk, a worker at the Chollima Ironworks Factory, in a translation by the NK News website, said: ‘How Obama looks makes me disgusted.

‘As I watch him more closely, I realise that he looks like an African native monkey with a black face, gaunt grey eyes, cavate [sic] nostrils, plump mouth and hairy, rough ears.

‘He acts like a monkey with a red bum, irrationally eating everything,’ Mr Kang added. ‘Africa’s national zoo will be the perfect place for Obama to live, licking breadcrumbs thrown by visitors.’