North Korea Ac­cuses US of Declar­ing War

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North Korea’s for­eign min­is­ter has ac­cused US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump of declar­ing war on his coun­try and said Pyongyang had the right to shoot down US bombers. Ri Yong-ho said this could ap­ply even if the war­planes were not in North Korea’s airspace.

The White House dis­missed the state­ment as “ab­surd”. The Pen­tagon warned Pyongyang to stop provo­ca­tions.

A UN spokesman said fiery talk could lead to fatal mis­un­der­stand­ings.

Mr Ri’s com­ments were a re­sponse to Mr Trump’s tweet that the North Korean lead­er­ship would not “be around much longer” if they con­tin­ued their rhetoric.

“The whole world should clearly re­mem­ber it was the US who first de­clared war on our coun­try,” Mr Ri told re­porters as he was leav­ing New York, where he had ad­dressed the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly on Satur­day.

“Since the United States de­clared war on our coun­try, we will have ev­ery right to make counter-mea­sures, in­clud­ing the right to shoot down United States strate­gic bombers even when they are not in­side the airspace bor­der of our coun­try.”

Mr Trump’s tweet fol­lowed Mr Ri’s fiery speech to the UN on Satur­day, when he de­scribed the US pres­i­dent as a “men­tally de­ranged per­son full of mega­lo­ma­nia” on a “sui­cide mis­sion”. Re­fer­ring to Mr Trump’s post, North Korea’s min­is­ter said “the ques­tion of who won’t be around much longer” would be an­swered by his coun­try.

Mr Ri’s re­marks - not the first time that North Korea has used the phrase “a dec­la­ra­tion of war” in re­la­tion to the US - are the lat­est in an in­creas­ingly an­gry war of words be­tween the two coun­tries. Pen­tagon spokesper­son Colonel Robert Man­ning re­acted by say­ing: “If North Korea does not stop their provoca­tive ac­tions, you know, we will make sure that we pro­vide op­tions to the pres­i­dent to deal with North Korea.”

North Korean For­eign Min­is­ter Ri Yong-ho, his leader Kim Jong-un and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

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