North Korea denounced outgoing US President Barack Obama for blacklisting leader Kim Jong-Un's sister over human rights abuses, urging him to concentrate on "packing" as he exits the White House.
The US Treasury Department last week added seven individuals -- among them Kim's younger sister Yo-Jong -- to America's growing list of North Koreans sanctioned for "serious" rights abuses.
The Treasury announcement came as the US State Department released a report on rights abuses in North Korea, which it said were among the worst in the world.
"Obama would be well advised not to waste time taking issue with other's 'human rights issue' but make good arrangements for packing in the White House," state news agency KCNA said in a commentary late Monday night.
Obama had created "the worst human rights situation in the US during his tenure", it added. "He had better repent of the pain and misfortune he has brought to so many Americans and other people of the world."
Nuclear-armed North Korea has carried out a series of atomic tests and missile launches during Obama's time in office, and been subject to increasingly strict United Nations sanctions as a result.