United States says it hasn't declared war on North Korea

North Korea claims US has declared war are absurd: White House

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders faced a really pointed question on Monday about why President Trump is doing more to attack National Anthem kneelers than he did to condemn the white supremacists responsible for the recent racial violence in Charlottesville.

This comes as tensions rose between the two countries, partly thanks to Donald Trump calling Kim Jong Un a "rocket man" at the UN last week, and tweeting that the North Korean leader and his foreign minister "wouldn't be around much longer".

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.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the USA had not "declared war" on Pyongyang.

Meanwhile in letters sent over the weekend, North Korea condemned Trump's administration and the actions of "US imperalists", urging foreign parliaments and political parties to take a stand, state media reported on Monday. We continue to seek the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

The Defense Department said Monday that it is prepared to defend itself and its allies, and will continue to operate in global spaces.

The U.S. and North Korea agreed to an armistice after the 1950-1953 Korean War, not a peace treaty.

"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".

Mr Ri then said North Korea now has the right to retaliate against United States bombers.

"If Trump thinks that he would bring the DPRK, a nuclear power, to its knees through nuclear war threat, it is a big miscalculation and ignorance", KCNA said.

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