North Korea Lays Into 'Ignorant' U.S. Over Trump's Paris Climate Agreement Exit

North Korea has criticized the United States over President Donald Trump's decision to quit the Paris Climate Agreement as "short-sighted and silly," saying it was another example of U.S. "recklessness."

Trump announced his plan to remove the U.S. from the landmark deal on climate change on Thursday and declared an "end to the war on coal" which has also resulted in cuts at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

North Korea, however, has signed the Paris Agreement, and declared its own "war on deforestation" in 2015. According to state media Pyongyang is committed to renewable resources. with foreign minister Ri Su Yong saying in 2015 it aimed to reduce emissions by 37 percent.

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In a statement published on state news agency website KCNA Tuesday, a spokesman for the foreign ministry said by exiting the Paris deal America showed "the height of egoism and moral vacuum seeking only their own well-being, even at the cost of the entire planet."

The statement continued: "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."

It linked Donald Trump's "America First" policy and climate change decision with U.S. opposition to Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, calling it a "typical example" of the "unreasonable and reckless" American attitude. North Korea's nuclear and missile tests are widely condemned and many countries and the U.N. security council have placed sanctions on the country over the issue.

North Korea has in principle committed to fighting climate change and is a signatory of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The country relies heavily on agriculture and experiences frequent energy shortages that give it some incentive to fight climate change, argue sociologists such as Benjamin Habib.

Trump's decision on the Paris accord provoked an angry response from other world leaders. India bristled after being told it would gain billions of dollars if the U.S. signed the agreement, the U.N. called the decision "disappointing" and European leaders lined up to condemn Trump, including French President Emmanuel Macron, who memorably responded, "there is no plan B. There is no planet B."