The Australian government says it has received a document from North Korea urging Canberra to distance itself from the Trump administration.

The note denounces the US president’s warning that America would destroy North Korea if forced to defend itself.

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull said the letter had been sent to other nations. He said it demonstrated that diplomatic pressure on North Korea was working, despite the document being “basically a rant” consistent with earlier rhetoric.

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The one-page letter was sent via North Korea’s embassy in Indonesia and attributed to the Foreign Affairs Committee of Pyongyang’s Supreme People’s Assembly. 

It urges other governments to turn away from the “heinous and reckless moves of the Trump administration”, reiterating that the US could be responsible for a “horrible nuclear disaster”.