SEOUL: North Korea on Saturday called United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "the worst destroyer of international peace and stability," accusing her of inciting anti-North Korea sentiment and enraging China during her Asian tour earlier this week.

Pelosi traveled to South Korea after visiting Taiwan, which had prompted China to launch military exercises, including missile strike training in waters near the self-governed island. Beijing views Taiwan as part of its own territory to be annexed by force if necessary.

While in South Korea, Pelosi visited a border area with North Korea and discussed Pyongyang's nuclear program with South Korean National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin Pyo.

According to Kim, the two agreed to support their governments' push for denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula based on strong, extended deterrence against the North and diplomacy.

On Saturday, Jo Yong Sam, director-general of the North Korean Foreign Ministry's press and information affairs department, slammed Pelosi for her visit to the border and discussion of anti-North Korean deterrence.

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"Pelosi, who had come under a volley of due criticism from China for destroying regional peace and stability by visiting Taiwan, stirred up the atmosphere of confrontation" with North Korea during her stay in South Korea, Jo said in a statement carried by state media.

Calling Pelosi "the worst destroyer of international peace and stability," Jo argued that Pelosi's behavior in South Korea clearly showed the administration of US President Joe Biden's hostile policy toward the North.

"It would be a fatal mistake for her to think that she can go scot-free in the Korean Peninsula," Jo warned. "The US will have to pay dearly for all the sources of trouble spawned by her wherever she went."

Pelosi's visit to the Joint Security Area (JSA) at the Korean border on Thursday made her the highest-profile American to go there since then-president Donald Trump visited in 2019 for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Located inside the world's most heavily fortified border, the area is jointly controlled by the American-led United Nations Command and North Korea. US presidents and other top officials have previously traveled to the area to reaffirm their security commitment to South Korea in times of animosities with North Korea.

During her JSA visit, Pelosi didn't make any strong public statement against North Korea. She uploaded several photos from the JSA on Twitter and wrote: "We conveyed the gratitude of the Congress and the Country for the patriotic service of our service members, who stand as sentinels of Democracy on the Korean Peninsula."