Published: Tue, September 26, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

White House says U.S. has not declared war on DPRK

White House says U.S. has not declared war on DPRK

North Korea's top diplomat says President Donald Trump's tweet that leader Kim Jong Un "won't be around much longer" was a declaration of war against his country by the United States.

Questioned multiple times at Monday's White House press briefing whether the president regrets his word choice or whether the use the term "son of a b--" constituted going "too far", Sanders would not specifically address the description, instead choosing to issue a defense of Trump's greater critique.

Speaking to reporters outside his NY hotel, Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho offered a response to Trump after the U.S. leader warned on Twitter at the weekend that North Korea "won't be around much longer" if it keeps up its threats.

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

Ri Chang Yong, identified as head of the department of foreign studies at Pyongyang University, added: "The DPRK possessed of the strongest nuclear weapons and military hardware will surely and mercilessly exterminate those Trump-led war maniacs".

Speaking from Washington where she will meet senior Trump administration officials, Ms Bishop told ABC radio today Australia's response to the regime had not changed.

"He's emphasizing something that should be unifying", Sanders said.

It comes after North Korean state media released a 99-second video depicting the destruction of USA aircraft and warships and warning that any attack on the North will see U.S. forces "head to the grave". "That's our focus, doing that through both the most maximum economic and diplomatic pressures as possible at this point".

"This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) any USA fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea's coast in the 21st century, underscoring the seriousness with which we take DPRK's reckless behavior", Pentagon Press Secretary Dana White said in a statement.

US Air Force bombers and fighter jets had also flown over global waters off the east coast of North Korea on Saturday in a "demonstration of US resolve" in the face of Pyongyang's provocations.

A letter to foreign parliaments from the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea "bitterly condemned the reckless remarks of Trump as an intolerable insult to the Korean people, a declaration of war against the DPRK and grave threats to the global peace", North Korean state news agency KCNA reported.

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