North Korea has blasted a UK security deal with the US and Australia claiming it brought the world closer to “nuclear war”.
A deal was struck for the US and UK to provide technology to allow Australia to build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines last September.
It has caused regional tension with North Korea now saying that the partnership is a “tool for war” and that it posed “serious threats” to world peace.
"(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," it stated on its foreign ministry website.
The partnership was a controversial move that angered France as it scuppered a multi billion pound deal it had already signed with Australia.
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The alliance, known as Aukus, has also been criticised by rival powers in the South China Sea as it is widely seen as an attempt to lessen China’s influence.
The Aukus agreement involves the sharing of intelligence and gives Australia secret technology to build nuclear-powered submarines but not equipped with nuclear weapons.
Australia will be able to build nuclear-powered submarines that are faster and harder to detect than conventionally powered fleets.
The submarines can remain submerged for several months and fire missiles longer distances - although Australia has stated it has no intention of putting nuclear weapons on them.
Washington has criticised China for claiming it has not respected the balance of power in the region while China has hit out at the new partnership as it feels it will further ignite an arms race and nuclear proliferation.
An official stated that the partnership would upset the balance for the Asia-Pacific region.
"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," said a DPRK Foreign Ministry official, reported the BBC.
North Korea said it was "quite natural that neighbouring countries [like] China condemned these actions as irresponsible ones of destroying the peace and stability of the region".