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North Korea vows self-defence, claims Trump has declared war

The whole world should clearly remember it

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WASHINGTON, U.S. - After the U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter that North Korea "won't be around much longer,” the reclusive nuclear nation has now fired back. 

North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said in a statement on Monday that Trump, through that statement, had declared war on his country.

Addressing reporters in New York, Ri said, "Last weekend Trump claimed that our leadership wouldn't be around much longer and declared a war on our country. Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make all self-defensive countermeasures, including the right to shoot down the United States strategic bombers at any time even when they are not yet inside the aerospace border of our country.”

He added, “The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country.”

On Monday, when questioned by reporters, a White House spokesman said that the Trump administration had no reaction to the North Korean official’s comments.

For weeks now, leaders of the two nations have engaged in a fiery war of words. 

On Saturday, the two nations saw several new fiery salvos after an earthquake was experienced in North Korea, near its nuclear launch site, with the U.S. military launching a show of force in the Korean peninsula on the same day.

U.S. flew bombers in the international airspace over waters east of North Korea after China’s earthquake-monitoring agency said it suspected that the quake was caused by an explosion.

Speaking at the UN on Saturday, Ri said that Trump had made a missile attack on the U.S. mainland inevitable by insulting the dignity of North Korea.

In the speech, Ri told the UN General Assembly, "None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission. In case innocent lives of the U.S. are harmed because of this suicide attack, Trump will be held totally responsible."

That night, Trump took on Twitter to respond to Ri's remarks and said, "Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!"

The North Korean Foreign Minister’s remarks came as the most direct and threatening statement to Trump so far - after he told the General Assembly in his debut speech that he would “totally destroy” North Korea.

In a rare televised appearance, the North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un called Trump “mentally deranged.” Responding back, Trump mocked the dictator, calling him the “little rocket man.”

Following the retort, Ri said North Korea was prepared to test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

On Monday, the North Korean parliamentary committee also sent an open letter to several international parliaments condemning Trump’s belligerent attitude.

North Korea's state agency KCNA said that the letter was sent by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Supreme People's Assembly and condemned the "ignorant" comments that Trump made in his UN speech.

Pyongyang called Trump's comments an "intolerable insult to the Korean people, a declaration of war against the DPRK and grave threats to the global peace.”

The letter published by KCNA read, "If Trump thinks that he would bring the DPRK, a nuclear power to its knees through nuclear war threat, it is a big miscalculation and ignorance.”

The letter added, "From the first day of his office Trump has conducted high-handed and arbitrary practices, scrapping international laws and agreements" giving priority to the U.S.’ own interests "at the expense of the whole world,” and urged the parliaments to exercise "sharp vigilance" with regard to Washington.

Further, Pyongyang expressed its "belief" that "parliaments of different countries in the world loving independence, peace and justice would take this opportunity to fulfil their due missions and duties.”

North Korea further called on them to be vigilant of the "heinous and reckless moves of the Trump Administration" which it said was trying to drive the world "into the horrible nuclear disaster.”

BNN

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