North Korean Official Says Trump Has 'Lit the Wick of War'
And North Korea will respond with 'a hail of fire'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2017 3:50 PM CDT
North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho speaks outside the UN Plaza Hotel last month in New York.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

(Newser) – A day after the US flew two bombers over the Korean peninsula in a training exercise with South Korea and Japan, North Korea's foreign minister made incendiary comments promising "a hail of fire" against the US, USA Today reports. "With his bellicose and insane statement at the United Nations, Trump, you can say, has lit the wick of a war against us,” Reuters quotes Ri Yong Ho as telling Russian state media. “We need to settle the final score, only with a hail of fire, not words.” In the speech mentioned by Ri, President Trump vowed to "totally destroy North Korea" if necessary, the Independent reports.

Ri also called the North Korean nuclear program a "sword of justice" that ensures the safety of North Korea and the rest of the region. He said the nuclear program is not up for debate or negotiation with the US. “We have almost reached the last point on the journey toward our final goal—to achieve a real balance of power with the United States,” he said. Ri said North Korea has “inexhaustible power that won’t leave aggressor state America unpunished."

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