NK claim that Trump declared war is 'absurd': White House

NK claim that Trump declared war is 'absurd': White House

The White House has "not declared war on North Korea", she insisted.

Sanders also took issue with the suggestion that Pyongyang would have the right to shoot down United States planes near North Korean airspace.

Sanders responded to a reporter during the White House briefing who mentioned that football player Colin Kaepernick started the protests to speak out against police brutality.

"Our goal is still the same".

The North Korean foreign minister then told reporters that the president's words had been a declaration of war and that they had the right to shoot down American warplanes in global airspace.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho threatened to hit American Air Force's B-1B Lancer bombers, flying on North Korean border, claiming that US President Trump declared war on m. "That's our focus, doing that through both the most maximum economic and diplomatic pressures as possible at this point".

Referencing Trump's tweet, Ri said that "who would be around much longer will be answered" by North Korea.

Trump administration rejects Pyongyang's assertion that war had been declared.

"Given the fact that this comes from someone who is now holding the seat of (the) United States presidency, this is clearly a declaration of war".

Also on the docket could be the escalating tensions between the US and North Korea, Trump's thoughts on the Iran nuclear deal, and the impending vote on repealing Obamacare.

He said all United Nations members and the world "should clearly remember that it was the USA who first declared war on our country".

On Saturday, the US flashed its military might to North Korea, flying B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam and F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan to the farthest point north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) any USA fighter or bomber aircraft had flown off North Korea's coast in the 21st century.