“The world, including all member states now attending the United Nations General Assembly, must clearly remember that this time, America declared war on us first”.
Kang made the remarks after North Korean Foreign Minster Ri Yong-ho told reporters in NY that U.S. President Donald Trump had declared war against his country in a recent tweet, in which he warned that the North’s leader and his regime “won’t be around much longer”. “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 was reacting to Trump’s Twitter comments that Kim and Ri “won’t be around much longer” if they acted on their threats towards the United States. Lee said the United States appeared to have disclosed the flight route intentionally because North Korea seemed to be unaware.
The U.S. sanctions target people in North Korea and some North Korean nationals in China, Russia, Libya and Dubai, according to a list posted on the agency’s website.
Lauding the “great strength and patience” of the United States, Trump said that “if it is forced to defend ourselves or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea”.
The interview aired after President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow was “deeply concerned” at the escalation of tensions. “Only with caresses, suggestion and persuasion”, Lavrov said, when asked how.
“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”, White said.
The demonstration came a day after Kim issued a rare direct statement to Trump’s United Nations speech, saying, “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U”.
A Pentagon spokesman stressed on Monday that the bombers flew in worldwide airpace and had every right to do so.
In his first address to the world gathering on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy North Korea”.
The bellicose rhetoric comes as worldwide alarm mounts over Pyongyang’s weapons ambitions – including a suggestion by Ri last week that the country is considering detonating an H-bomb over the Pacific.
As tensions over North Korea reached fever-pitch, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election, hoping to capitalize on a boost in the polls that some say is linked to his hawkish stance toward Pyongyang.
During a visit to India, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said diplomatic efforts continued.