U.S. says it hasn't declared war on North Korea

U.S. says it hasn't declared war on North Korea

U.S. says it hasn't declared war on North Korea

Speaking to reporters in NY earlier in the day, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said Trump clearly declared war on his country by saying in a Saturday tweet that the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, "won't be around much longer".

Ri said that given the declaration of war by the USA, "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".

Update 8.15pm: The White House has dismissed North Korea's claim that Donald Trump has declared war, calling it "absurd".

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said it is never appropriate for one country to threaten to shoot down another country's aircraft over global waters.

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.

The U.S. and North Korea agreed to an armistice after the 1950-1953 Korean War, not a peace treaty. Because of that, they are still technically at war.

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The U.S. -North Korea war of words escalated last week. Ri said: "The question of who won't be around much longer will be answered then".

The US and North Korea have been engaged in a heated exchange in the face of recent missile and nuclear tests by North Korea, and the US on Friday had expanded its sanctions regime against Pyongyang in a bid to cut off worldwide banking and trade.

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He called it "a war deterrent for putting an end to nuclear threat of the USA and for preventing its military invasion".

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