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”

The New Indian Express - - WORLD - MOSCOW

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.

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