North Korea asks China to stop Kim Jong-un fat jokes

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

Pyongyang has, for decades, insisted that the United States engages in "hostile" behavior towards North Korea by encouraging global sanctions and condemning the flagrant human rights abuses that have led North Korean refugees to compare the Kim Jong-un regime to the Holocaust.

The relationship between the two countries has been strained, but not broken, by North Korea's continued testing of a nuclear weapons program.

Internet users in restrictive China began reporting last week that searches on both Weibo, a microblogging site similar to Twitter, and search engine Baidu, came up empty - the usual sign that authorities made moves to block content related to the term.

The nickname is particularly popular among younger Chinese generations who tend to look down on Kim, according to AP.

The North Korean government is reportedly calling on Chinese officials to take action on the matter, fearing that Kim will take revenge, according to the Apple Daily of Hong Kong.

However, Beijing continues to support the Kim regime.

The Chinese government stays committed to building a healthy and civilised environment of opinions... This week however, the term "Jin San Pang" (Kim Fat III) produced no results, although other results such as "Kim Fat Fat Fat" were untouched.

China "does not approve of insulting or ridiculing language to address any country's leader", he added, without elaborating.

"Kim Fatty the Third" is such a frequently searched term in China that it is sometimes suggested as an auto-complete on search engines.

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