North Korea Leader, Kim Jong-Un Photo: AFP

North Korea’s foreign minister has accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country and warned that Pyongyang would defend itself.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters outside his hotel in New York that Trump’s comment that his country’s leadership would ”not be around much longer” meant “he declared a war on our country.”

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“All the member states and the whole world should clearly remember it was the United States that first declared war on our country,” Ri said.

“Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to take counter-measures including the right to shoot down US strategic bombers even when they are not yet inside the airspace border of our country,” he said.

“The question of who won’t be around much longer will be answered then.”

In his first address to the General Assembly, Trump last week threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if it challenged America or its allies and derided leader Kim Jong-un as a “rocket man” who was “on a suicide mission.”