North Korea urges countries to move away from Trump's 'reckless moves' in open letter

02:37 PM | 20 Oct, 2017
North Korea urges countries to move away from Trump's 'reckless moves' in open letter

CANBERRA - North Korea has sent an open  letter to several countries including Australia asking them to move away from Trump administration.

Confirming the letter, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that the note has also been sent to other countries, slamming the US President Donald Trump' warning to completely destroy North Korea if forced to defend the US and allies while speaking at the UN General Assembly session.

Dismissing the letter,  Turnbull said it carried North Korea's "ranting and complaining about Donald Trump," adding that the diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang was yielding results.

The one-page letter was sent by the Foreign Affairs Committee of Pyongyang's Supreme People's Assembly says, "Trump threatened to totally destroy the DPRK, a dignified independent and sovereign state and a nuclear power. It is an extreme act of threatening to totally destroy the whole world".

"If Trump thinks that he would bring the DPRK, a nuclear power, to its knees through nuclear war threat, it will be a big miscalculation and an expression of ignorance," it added.

The Australian prime minister said North Korea was responsible for rift by "threatening to fire nuclear missiles at Japan and South Korea and the United States".

"They have sent [the letter] to a lot of other countries, like a circular letter," Mr Turnbull told local radio station 3AW.

Australia Foreign Minister Julie Bishop termed the letter unprecedented step by North Korea, and called it a sign of diplomatic pressure.

On Saturday, Pyongyang warned Australia would "not be able to avoid a disaster" if it followed America's policies towards Kim Jong-un's regime.

Tension escalated between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un after the North exploded sixth nuclear bomb and test-fired intercontinental missiles.

The Trump administration called for military action against the state, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that efforts were being made to defuse the tension diplomatically.