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FILE - This combination of photos shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on April 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on April 29, 2017. The notion of a substantive sit-down between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump – the most gazed-upon figures of this moment in the planet's history – is a staggering prospect and a potential logistical nightmare if the two countries ever tried to make it happen. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Files)

North Korea called Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris deal 'the height of egoism'


North Korean officials issued a statement Tuesday saying President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement was "the height of egoism and moral vacuum seeking only their own well-being, even at the cost of the entire planet."

"The selfish act of the US does not only have grave consequences for the international efforts to protect the environment, but poses great danger to other areas as well," a spokesman for the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, according to state news agency KCNA. 

North Korea is a signatory to the Paris Agreement. It issued a "declaration of war" against deforestation and has embraced renewable technologies, including hydroelectricity, according to NK News.

North Korea joins a host of other nations in criticizing U.S. withdrawal from the Paris deal. European leaders have offered some of the harshest criticism, and Germany's Angela Merkel, France's Emmanuel Macron and Italy's Paolo Gentiloni issued a joint statement pledging to implement the agreement without the U.S.

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