Trump has ‘lit the fuse of war’: N Korea
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho ruled out all forms of dialogue with western powers and said that the final score with the Trump-administration can be settled “only with a hail of fire”
US President Donald Trump “lit the fuse of war” against North Korea with his provocative comments to the United Nations last month, North Korea’s foreign minister has told the Russian TASS news agency.
“With his belligerent and mad address to the UN, it can be said that Trump has lit the fuse of war against us,” Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told Russia’s state news agency during an interview in Pyongyang on Wednesday.
“Our dear supreme leader Kim Jong-un had already sternly warned: the US must act in a reasonable manner and cease attacking us if it does not want to be humiliated in front of the whole world under the weight of our blows,” Ri added.
The minister also waned that North Korea will “shower fire” on the US in response to its threats.
“It is the steadfast will of all the service personnel and people of the DPRK (North Korea) to shower fire on the US,” Ri said.
Citing Trump’s UN speech, Ri said: “By his bellicose and insane statement in the UN arena, Trump — it can be said — lit the wick of the war against us.”
“We need to settle the final score, only with a hail of fire, not words.”
Ri, who had called Trump “mentally deranged” after the UN speech, told TASS that North Korea was “winning” and represented “a worthy counterweight to the US”.
Echoing previous warnings by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Ri said that “the US should act sensibly and stop touching us if they do not want to disgrace themselves in the face of the whole world”, and added that his nation’s forces “will not leave America, the aggressor state, unpunished”.
Asked by a TASS reporter if dialogue between North Korea and the US is possible, Ri said it was not. “The current situation... is not at all an atmosphere to negotiate,” Ri said, according to TASS.
According to experts, Pyongyang could launch its new missile either on October 18, coinciding with the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, or between November 2 and 14, during which Trump is set to visit the region.