North Korea accuses US President Donald Trump of declaring war

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The US and North Korea have been engaged in an angry war of words with both countries threatening to destroy each other.

In letters sent this weekend, North Korea condemned US President Donald Trump's administration and the actions of "US imperialists", urging foreign parliaments and political parties to take a stand, state media reported Monday.

After saying President Donald Trump's United Nations speech was a 'declaration of war, ' North Korea's foreign minister called an impromptu press conference Monday to announce his country will shoot down any USA bombers, even if they are flying in global airspace.

Trump's threat to destroy North Korea made "our rockets' visit to the entire USA mainland all the more inevitable", Ri said on Saturday.

In light of this, Ri said North Korea would take counter measures, including the right to shoot down U.S. bombers flying over the Korean Peninsula, even if they did not enter North Korean airspace.

The Pentagon said the bomber flight indicated the range of military options available to Trump, but USA officials have repeatedly stressed that despite the war of words, the administration prefers a negotiated solution to the crisis.

On Saturday, U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighters flew in worldwide airspace over waters east of North Korea in a show of force after a heated exchange of rhetoric between Trump and Kim over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

American bombers and fighter escorts have flown to the farthest point north of the border between North and South Korea by any such US aircraft this century.

Tensions between the the USA and North Korea have been growing over North Korea's missiles and a recent nuclear weapons test.

Ri made the comments to reporters in NY. North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, made a rare TV appearance in which he called Trump "mentally deranged".

The North Korean nuclear crisis has dominated this year's gathering of world leaders at the United Nations, which wraps up on Monday, amid fears that the heated rhetoric could accidentally trigger a war. "North Korea's weapons program is a grave threat to the Asia-Pacific region and the entire worldwide community".

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