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Trump lit wick of war - N Korea

A U-2S ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the US Air Force lands at Osan Air Base, south of Seoul, after its mission on October 10 - the 72nd anniversary of the founding of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party.
A U-2S ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the US Air Force lands at Osan Air Base, south of Seoul, after its mission on October 10 - the 72nd anniversary of the founding of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party. YONHAP

NORTH Korea's foreign minister has accused President Donald Trump of having "lit the wick of a war” between his country and the US, saying America will be made to pay with a "hail of fire”.

Russia's TASS news agency quoted Ri Yong-ho as saying: "With his bellicose and insane statement at the United Nations, Trump, you can say, has lit the wick of a war against us.

"We need to settle the final score, only with a hail of fire, not words.”

His threats came a day after two US bombers conducted manoeuvres over the Korean Peninsula with the South Korean Air Force.

Tensions between the US and North Korea have intensified in recent months as the Trump administration struggles to rein in Kim Jong-un's expanding nuclear and ballistic weapons program alongside international allies.

The words of Mr Ri are the latest episode of increasingly hostile barbs being traded between Mr Trump and Pyongyang.

During an address to the United Nations General Assembly last month, Mr Trump declared the US would "totally destroy North Korea” if forced to defend itself or its allies.

He added that while the US had "great strength and patience,” its options for dealing with the isolated nation could soon run out.

Mr Trump also mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, calling him "Little Rocket Man”.

The speech came about a week after the UN Security Council had voted to ratchet up sanctions on North Korea following its sixth and largest nuclear test, and numerous other rocket tests this year.

Mr Ri's comments are unlikely to be received well by the White House.

Many members of Congress have criticised Mr Trump's "belligerent” rhetoric towards North Korea.

On Sunday, Republican senator Bob Corker even suggested Mr Trump's comments about other nations could put the US "on the path to World War III”.

Asked if the Senator was correct in his assessment, Mr Trump responded: "We were on the wrong path before ... we're on the right path right now, believe me.”

Topics:  ballistic weapons donald trump icbm kim jong-un korean peninsula north korea nuclear weapons ri yong-ho south korean air force us us bombers



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