The foreign minister of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has said U.S. President Donald Trump declared war on his country adding that Pyongyang reserves the right to take countermeasures.
“The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country,” Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in New York.
“We will have every right to take countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country,” he added.
U.S. bombers flew in international airspace east of the DPRK on Saturday, in another provocative move which has included military exercises on the Korean peninsula with South Korea and joint military exercises with Japan.
In his remarks to the U.N. General Assembly Sept. 19, Trump called Pyongyang's leader, Kim Jong Un, a "rocket man on a suicide mission," and Sunday included the country, along with Venezuela and Chad on the U.S. travel ban list.
Trump also announced Thursday the widening of U.S. sanctions against the DPRK, banning U.S. companies and institutions from financing and facilitating trade with the country.
Prompted by the U.S., the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted its ninth round of sanctions against Pyongyang in early September to counter its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.