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Trump has declared war, says North Korea

North Korea’ s foreign minister on Monday accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war against his country and said Pyongyang was ready to defend itself by shooting down US bombers .

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.

Alarm over Pyongyang ’ s nuclear and ballistic missile program has dominated this year’ s gathering of world leaders at the UN , amid fears the heated rhetoric could accidentally trigger a war — fears further heightened after US bombers flew off the coast of North Korea on Saturday .

Speaking to reporters outside his New York hotel , Foreign Minister Ri Yong -ho offered a response to Trump after the US leader warned on Twitter at the weekend that North Korea “ won’ t be around much longer” if it keeps up its threats .

Ri said that the international community had hoped that the “ war of words between the DPRK and the United States not turn into real actions . ”

“ However , last weekend , Trump claimed our leadership would not be around much longer, ” Ri said . “ He declared a war on our country .

“ Since the United States declared war on our country , we will have every right to take counter-measures including the right to shoot down US strategic bombers even when they are not yet inside the airspace border of our country , ” he said.

“ The question of who won ’ t be around much longer will be answered then. ”

Ri noted that the statement from Trump was “ clearly a declaration of war ” even if it came from the US president . Under the US Constitution, Congress is the sole power that can declare war.

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