North Korea has sent a "desperate" letter to the Australian Government, imploring it to turn against US President Donald Trump.
The rambling open letter, which has been published by Fairfax, came from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Foreign Affairs Committee via the country's Jakarta embassy.
"The Foreign Affairs Committee ... bitterly condemns the reckless remarks of Trump as an intolerable insult to the Korean people, a declaration of war against the DPRK and a grave threat to the global peace," the letter reads.
"From the first day of his office, Trump has engaged himself in highhanded and arbitrary practice, scrapping international laws and agreements incurring his displeasure on the 'US-first principle', the height of American way of thinking that is best if the US is well-off at the expense of the whole world.
"If Trump thinks that he would bring the DPRK, a nuclear power, to its knees through nuclear war threat, it will be a big miscalculation and an expression of ignorance."
The screed appears to be a heavy-handed plea to various parliaments to pull out of the harsh United Nations Security Council sanctions levelled against North Korea over its weapons program. The sanctions have struck a significant blow to the nation's economy, with one former high-ranking North Korea official saying this week that the country "will not survive a year" under them.
"The US brought to their knees those countries devoid of principle, narrow-minded and selfish countries seeking after their interests with its nuclear stick and force and then cooked up the illegal 'sanctions resolution against the DPRK to deny the elementary right to existence of the Korea people and check their normal economic development in breach of the inviolable UN charter by abusing the UN Security Council," the letter reads.
The missive concludes by calling for "international justice" and "sharp vigilance against the heinous and reckless moves of the Trump administration trying to drive the world into a horrible nuclear disaster".
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told Fairfax the letter was "unprecedented" as it was the first time Australia had received a letter from North Korea, which typically communicates through its state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
She said the letter showed the global sanctions regime was working, news.com.au reported.
"I think that this shows they are feeling desperate, feeling isolated, trying to demonise the US, trying to divide the international community," Ms Bishop told Fairfax.
The letter begins with the North Korean embassy offering its "compliments to the parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia", which is a bit rich given that the rogue nation has made repeated military threats towards us for supporting America.
On Saturday, Pyongyang, via KCNA, again called out Australia for its outspokenness in calling for an end to its nuclear weapons program, warning it if it continues Australia "will not be able to avoid a disaster".
At the time Ms Bishop, who was in South Korea with Defence Minister Marise Payne for talks with their South Korean counterparts, hit back and said Australia was not a "primary target".
"North Korea's threats only strengthen our resolve to find a peaceful solution to the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula caused entirely by North Korea's illegal, threatening and provocative behaviour," Ms Bishop told reporters in Sydney on Sunday.
US WILL 'MEET MOST MISERABLE DEATH'
North Korea has launched new violent threats against the US and South Korea overnight, promising that any nations that provoke or invade the country would "meet the most miserable death".
Speaking via KCNA, the rogue nation said the joint US-South Korean naval drill in the waters off the Korean Peninsula risked nuclear war.
A spokesman for the Pan-Korean Emergency Measure Committee for Opposing Nuclear War Drills said the US was "running amok" in the region.
"The US should expect that it would face unimaginable strike at an unimaginable time," he said.
"The South Korean puppets, too, will not go scot-free as they are introducing the US nuclear strategic assets and turning the whole land of South Korea into the worst-ever field of a nuclear war without seeing the imminent catastrophic disaster.
"All the Koreans in the north, the south and overseas will, with concerted efforts, mercilessly smash the war frenzy of the US and South Korean puppet warmongers to get rid of the abyss of ruin through dangerous war gambling and inflict the most miserable death on the invaders, provokers increasing the danger of a nuclear war."