WASHINGTON (CBS4) – North Korea’s foreign minister said Monday that President Donald Trump’s latest remarks are a declaration of war against the country.

“This is clearly a declaration of war,” Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said through a translator in New York. “… The U.N. charter stipulates individual member states’ rights to self-defense. Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down the United States’ strategic bombers even when they’re not yet inside the airspace border of our country.”

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This undated picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 2, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

According to CBS News, North Korea has been trying to convince other governments to condemn Trump after he vowed, in his own speech at the United Nations last week, to “totally destroy” the country.

In a tweet Sunday night, Trump followed up his UN statement by saying that he “just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!”

North Korea has called Trump’s words an “intolerable insult,” state media reported, and the foreign minister said it’s making North Korea’s “rockets visit to the U.S. mainland inevitable all the more.”


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