>> We've not declared war on North Korea and frankly the suggestion of that is absurd.>> The White House on Monday dismissing comments from North Korea's foreign minister, who said President Trump declared war on Pyongyang with a weekend tweet warning that the minister and North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un won't be around much longer if they acted on their threats.
Comments coming in New York on the last day of the UN General Assembly.>> The whole world should clearly remember it was the US who first declared war on our country.>> He added that North Korea reserve the right to shoot down US bombers, even if they are not in it's airspace.
Reuters correspondent, David Brunnstrom.>> It's important to remember with North Korea that this sort of blustery threats are nothing new. It regularly threatens to destroy the United States, South Korea or Japan. Whether or not it can do right at the moment is another thing.>> It's never appropriate for a country to shoot down another country's aircraft when it's over international waters.
>> Over the weekend, a fleet of US strategic bombers flew over international waters off the east coast of North Korea, the farthest north any US military aircraft had flown in 17 years. A show of force after last week's heated exchange of insults and tough talk between Trump and Kim over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.
>> Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself.>> It's fair to say that the rhetoric is higher than usual, even for North Korea. But the US administration, it's focus is still to try and use sanctions as a way to resolve this situation.>> The White House saying it will take some time before the effects of the latest economic sanctions against North Korea are truly felt.
North Korea conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test earlier this month, part of its effort to develop nuclear-tip missiles capable of hitting the US mainland.