North Korea is accusing the United States of attempting to overthrow its leader Kim Jong Un from power by creating an Asian version of NATO. On Sunday, Pyongyang condemned the military alliances between the U.S., South Korea and Japan echoing China’s earlier denouncement of a revolutionized military Quad Alliance between, the United States, Japan, India and Australia.

According to Fox News, a written statement from North Korea’s foreign ministry stated that such an alliance is perceived as a full-fledged move to establish an Asian NATO as seen in a blatant display during the recently concluded military exercises between the U.S., Japan and South Korea. This show of force is believed to have been a response to North Korea’s threats as the United States included one of its massive aircraft carriers, the USS Ronald Reagan, in its military naval drills with South Korea. This is the first time in four years the U.S. has enlisted an aircraft carrier in its military exchange exercises.

"This proves the hypocrisy of the U.S. rhetoric of 'diplomatic engagement' and ‘dialogue without preconditions,’ while at the same time revealing again that there is no change in the U.S. ambition to overthrow our system by force," the statement reads.

However, the Quad military alliance limits its member countries from signing a mutual defense pact and only agreed to bridge policies economically. The U.S. denied such assumptions of a new NATO when the partnership was announced last year. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan earlier said, "The Quad is not a military alliance; it’s not a new NATO, despite some of the propaganda that’s out there.”

He explained that the partnership is an opportunity for the four democratic countries to work as a group alongside other nations on fundamental global issues relating to the global economy, technology, security and climate.

The said military exercises have grown allies since China increased its aggression toward Taiwan and North Korea’s looming threat of another nuclear test. The U.S. has ramped up military cooperation with its Asian allies under direct orders from U.S. President Joe Biden, after North Korea test-fired several missiles days before and after Biden’s trip to Asia. 

U.S. President Joe Biden U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on Ukraine during an event in the South Court Auditorium at Eisenhower Executive Office Building near the White House on March 16, 2022 in Washington, DC. President Biden delivered remarks on U.S. assistance to Ukraine. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images