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North Korea Says Trump’s Threats Are A ‘Declaration Of War’

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North Korea wrote a letter to foreign governments urging them to unite against President Donald Trump, North Korean state media revealed Monday.

Trump delivered a fiery speech last week at the United Nations General Assembly, where he warned the regime that the U.S. will “totally destroy” North Korea. The president encouraged the international community to stand up against North Korea, which has destabilized the region through repeated nuclear and missile tests.

“If Trump thinks that he would bring the DPRK, a nuclear power, to its knees through nuclear war threat, it is a big miscalculation and ignorance,” North Korean state media responded.

The Korean Central News Agency, a state-run mouthpiece for the North Korean regime, declared Trump’s statements an “intolerable insult to the Korean people, a declaration of war against the DPRK and grave threats to the global peace.”

North Korea called on other countries to “fulfill their due missions and duties in realizing human desire for international justice and peace with sharp vigilance” by standing up against the U.S. and its leadership.

The regime condemned the “heinous and reckless moves of the Trump administration,” which is driving the world into a “horrible nuclear disaster.”

The president tweeted at North Korea twice over the weekend.

The president’s first tweet followed North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho’s suggestion that the North may detonate a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean. The second came after Ri delivered a hostile speech at the U.N. warning that a strike on the U.S. mainland is “inevitable” because of Trump’s earlier statements.

The North has released new propaganda images in response to the president’s address.

The U.S. sent powerful bombers and fighters tearing past North Korea on Saturday, edging unusually close to the country to demonstrate U.S. military might. That same day, North Korea staged a massive anti-U.S. rally in the capital city of Pyongyang. “We are waiting for the moment of final decisive battle to remove the U.S., empire of evil, from the globe,”Ri Il-bae, a commanding officer of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards, said at the time, according to North Korean state media.

“Atrocious and stupid Trump, who has no political career, appearance befitting a politician, and elementary etiquette and morality as a human being, revealed the nature of a mad dog” in his threats at the United Nations, a commentary in North Korean state media argued. “His crazy behavior clearly proves that the road chosen by ourselves was definitely right,” the report added, referring to the country’s decision to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles to counter the U.S.

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