North Korea's foreign minister says President Donald Trump had declared war on his country and that Pyongyang reserves the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down US bombers even if they are not in its airspace.
In a direct reference to a Twitter post by Trump on Saturday, Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said: "The question of who won't be around much longer will be answered then."
The White House dismissed the suggestion that it had declared war as “absurd”.
But the increasingly heated rhetoric between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is raising fears of a risk of a miscalculation by one side or the other that could have massive repercussions.
Al Jazeera's James Bays reports from the UN.
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