Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers fly from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Air Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan via Reuters

North Korea’s foreign minister said Monday that US President Donald Trump has declared war against his country and Pyongyang holds the right to self-defense, according to a report by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

Trump tweeted over the weekend that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his regime “won’t be around much longer.”

“It is clearly a declaration of war because those were words by an incumbent American president,” Ri Yong-ho told reporters in front of his hotel in New York. “As long as the U.S. has declared war, from now on, even if US strategic bombers don’t fly into our airspace, we will hold all the rights to self-defense, including the right to shoot them down at a time of our discretion.”

He added: “We will see then who lasts longer.”

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