N Korea accuses US of declaring war

N Korea accuses US of declaring war”

North Korea's foreign minister says President Trump's tweets about the Korean nation amount to a declaration of war and that under worldwide law, his country can legally shoot down USA military planes - even if they're not in North Korea's airspace.

"Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to take counter-measures including the right to shoot down U.S. strategic bombers even when they are not yet inside the airspace border of our country", said Ri. "The question of who won't be around much longer will be answered then", he said before walking away.

On Sept. 23, Trump tweeted, "Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!".

"We have not declared war on North Korea and frankly the suggestion of that is absurd", said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The dispute between the leaders of the US and North Korea has taken on a decidedly personal tone lately - as when Trump called Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man" during a speech at the United Nations on Tuesday.

The latest threats stoked a week-long war of words that began when the American leader threatened in his address to the United Nations General Assembly to "totally destroy" North Korea if it launches an attack.

While the comments may be read as an implicit threat to eliminate Kim, administration officials said Washington hadn't changed its policy and the US isn't seeking regime change in Pyongyang.

"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", Pentagon spokesman Colonel Robert Manning told reporters on Monday.

During his speech Trump condemned North Korea, calling the regime "depraved".

Pyongyang has conducted several missile and nuclear tests in defiance of rulings by the UN Security Council, while the USA has continued to carry out joint exercises with South Korea and Japan while ramping up its own war of words against Pyongyang.

During a press briefing Monday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied that the USA has declared war on North Korea. "We have not declared war on North Korea and the suggestion of that is absurd", she said. Three years later, North Korea said US sanctions on leader Kim and other top officials were tantamount to a war declaration.

"It is imperative that we, Korea and the United States together, manage the situation... in order to prevent further escalation of tensions or any kind of accidental military clashes which can quickly go out of control", Kang said in Washington.

The State Department is downplaying North Korea's comments.

"There can not be another war in the region", Kang said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Kang said North Korea's nuclear program seems to be at a "tipping point", approaching the goal of having a nuclear-armed missile that could reach the continental United States.

"We hope all sides do not continue doing things to irritate each other and should instead exercise restraint".

North Korea has repeatedly said it needs a nuclear deterrent because the USA intends to invade it.

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