North Korea says Donald Trump's latest comments are 'clearly a declaration of war'
Foreign minister says Pyongyang reserves right to shoot down US bombers in international air space
North Korea's foreign minister has said Donald Trump had declared war on his country.
The US President appeared to threaten regime change over the weekend, tweeting to say if the country's foreign minister echoed the thoughts of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un they "won't be around much longer."
Ri Yong-ho said Pyongyang reserves the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down US strategic bombers even if they are not in North Korea's air space.
"The whole world should clearly remember it was the US who first declared war on our country," he told reporters in New York.
"Since the United States declared war on our country, 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."
He went on to say "the question of who won't be around much longer will be answered then."
Mr Trump's statement at the weekend came after Mr Ri said targeting the United States mainland with its rockets was inevitable after "Mr Evil President" Trump called Kim Jong-un "rocket man."
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
Afterwards, Mr Trump took to twitter to say: "Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!"
Mr Ri had also called the US President "a mentally deranged person full of megalomania and complacency" who was trying to turn the UN into a "gangsters' nest."
The White House has dismissed, saying "We have not declared war" on Pyongyang.
Independent News Service