AFP

The United States has dismissed North Korea’s allegation that Washington had declared war on Pyongyang, saying the statement was ”absurd”.

It further warned the nuclear-armed state to stop provocations following the Asian country’s warning that it would shoot down US bombers.

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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 our country”.

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, Ri said his country had the right to shoot down US warplanes even if they were not in North Korea’s airspace.

But Pentagon spokesman Col Robert Manning reacted by saying: “If North Korea does not stop their provocative actions, you know, we will make sure that we provide options to the president to deal with North Korea.”