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Even North Korea Thinks Trump's Paris Deal Withdrawal Is 'Short-Sighted'

"This is the height of egoism."

07/06/2017 11:13 PM AEST | Updated 07/06/2017 11:13 PM AEST

North Korea has blasted "selfish" President Donald Trump for pulling America out of the Paris climate agreement.

On Tuesday, a spokesman for the isolated state's Foreign Ministry described Trump's decision as "the height of egoism" ― and said it showed the U.S. was "seeking only their own well-being even at the cost of the entire planet."

"Global warming is one of the gravest challenges that humankind is facing today and the Paris Agreement that called for nationally determined contribution to the reduction of GHG emission is the outcome of decades long efforts to mitigate it," the spokesman said via the state-run KCNA news agency.

"The selfish act of the U.S. does not only have grave consequences for the international efforts to protect the environment, but poses great danger to other areas as well," the spokesman added.

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North Korea has condemned President Donald Trump for withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement.

America will join Nicaragua and war-torn Syria as being the only three countries that are refusing to take part in the climate deal, which aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions around the world. Nicaragua, however, is reluctant to sign up because its government believes the commitments do not go far enough.

Despite its dismal human rights record, North Korea has emerged as an unlikely advocate in the battle against global warming and has signed the Paris Accord.

The ministry spokesman blamed Trump's "America First" policy for the withdrawal, and said it was "high time" the world "stopped pondering over the dangerous ideological trend which is surfacing in the U.S. with the emergence of the Trump administration."

"Whoever chooses to blindly follow the Trump administration overpowered by its bravado should be fully aware that the judgment of history shall take them all as one," the spokesman added.

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