Amid a war of words between Washington and Pyongyang, the North Koran foreign minister says his country reserves the right to take countermeasures against threats by the United States, including shooting down US strategic bombers.
Ri Yong-ho told reporters in New York on Monday that recent remarks by US President Donald Trump at the United Nations General Assembly constituted a declaration of war against Pyongyang.
In light of the declaration of war by Trump, all options will be on the operations table of the supreme leadership of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea),” the minister said, stressing, “The question of who will be around much longer will be answered then.”
The remarks come after in his first speech at the UN General Assembly, Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if necessary.
Trump, who had formerly threatened Pyongyang with “fire and the fury like the world has never seen,” renewed the threat at the UN, saying, “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
He called North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, a “rocket man” who is “on a suicide mission.”
Kim responded to Trump’s UN remarks by saying that he “will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.”