The US has said a statement from North Korea accusing Washington of declaring war on
it is "absurd". The White House also warned Pyongyang to stop provocations after it said
it has the right to shoot down US bombers. A UN spokesman said fiery talk could lead to
South Korea has called for a level-headed response, warning that accidental clashes in
the region could quickly spiral out of control. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho
told reporters on Monday that "the whole world should clearly remember it was the US
who first declared war on the North.
His comments were a response to a tweet from President Donald Trump suggesting
North Korea would not "be around much longer" if its leaders continued their rhetoric.
Two days ago US warplanes flew close to North Korea's coast in a show of force.
Speaking as he left New York after the UN General Assembly, Mr Ri said his country had
the right to shoot down US warplanes even if they were not in North Korea's airspace.