A North Korean Director-General of U.S. Affairs at the Foreign Ministry told the Associated Press on Thursday that the United States has declared war on North Korea and that they will “have to respond in a very hard way.”
The North Korean diplomat, Han Song Ryol said the United States declared war on North Korea after they included Kim Jong Un on a list of sanctioned individuals .
“By doing these kinds of vicious and hostile acts toward the DPRK, the US has already declared war against the DPRK. So it is our self-defensive right and justifiable action to respond in a very hard way,” Ryol said.
Ryol added that the United States “crossed the red line” and therefore declared war against North Korea. “We regard this thrice-cursed crime as a declaration of war.”
Ryol said that if the planned war games between the United States and South Korea occur it will be too large of a threat and will be considered an act of aggression. He added that North Korea might have to retaliate.
Eleven individuals including Kim Jong Un were put on the list of sanctioned individuals for human rights abuses, documented by the United Nations Human Rights Commission.
Ryol added that the U.S.-South Korea military exercises, the introduction of the THAAD missile defense system and the U.S. ambassador flying an F-16 in South Korea are acts of aggression.
“All these facts show that the United States is intentionally aggravating the tensions in the Korean Peninsula,” Ryol said.
“Nobody can predict what kind of influence this kind of vicious confrontation between the DPRK and the United States will have upon the situation on the Korean Peninsula,” Ryol said. “By doing these kinds of vicious and hostile acts toward the DPRK, the U.S. has already declared war against the DPRK. So it is our self-defensive right and justifiable action to respond in a very hard way.