Tensions between North Korea and the United States have risen in recent weeks over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.
A man watches a television screen showing US President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Picture: APSource:AP
North Korea has test-fired several missiles and conducted what it said was a test explosion of a hydrogen bomb as it advances towards its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the US mainland.
Speaking to Russia’s state-run TASS news agency on Wednesday, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said his country’s nuclear program guaranteed peace and safety in the region and would not be a matter of discussion.
“With his bellicose and insane statement at the United Nations, Trump, you can say, has lit the wick of a war against us,” TASS quoted Ri as saying. “We need to settle the final score, only with a hail of fire, not words.”
Ri has previously called Mr Trump “President Evil” and his comments are likely to fuel an escalating war of words between the US president and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho had some strong words for Donald Trump. Picture: APSource:AP
“We have almost reached the last point on the journey towards our final goal — to achieve a real balance of power with the United States,” he said. “Our principal position is that we will never agree to any talks in which our nuclear weapons will be the subject of negotiations.”
Mr Trump has reportedly fallen out with his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over the best way to handle North Korea. Sec. Tillerson has said repeatedly that talks with North Korea are still an option, where as Mr Trump says he is wasting his time.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, speaks following a meeting with US President Donald Trump. Picture: APSource:AP