The UK has been slammed by North Korea leaders for bringing the world closer to “nuclear war”.
It made the claim in relation to the new US/UK/Australia trade deal announced earlier this year.
The deal was made to help Australia create around eight new nuclear-powered submarines.
But it has caused regional regions, with North Korea claiming that it is a tool for war, and posed a “serious threat” to world peace, reports the Korea Herald.
A statement on the North Korean foreign ministry website said: “The concerns come from the fact that the security platform plans to transfer to Australia the technologies to build a nuclear-powered submarine from the U.S. which is the world's largest country of war and invasion.”
The agreement is known as AUKUS, which also sees the three countries share intelligence, and will allow Australia details on how to build the subs, but not nuclear weapons.
The need for the subs is because of its close proximity to China, as they will mean that they can react “faster and harder” if need be.
When it was announced, several experts claimed that it was done to “undermine” a rules-based order in the region, and that America wanted to form closer ties to Australia.
This also didn't sit well with Chinese leaders, who claimed that it was “not respecting the balance of power in the region” claiming that it will “further ignite an arms race and nuclear proliferation,” local media reported.
A spokesman for North Korea concurred, calling it a “trigger” to a possible arms race.
He said: “These are extremely undesirable and dangerous acts which will upset the strategic balance in the Asia-Pacific region and trigger off a chain of nuclear arms race.
“It is quite natural that neighbouring countries like China condemned these actions as irresponsible ones of destroying the peace and stability of the region.”
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