North Korea has labeled newly-introduced US sanctions against its leader Kim Jong-Un ‘a declaration of war’, promising to provide Washington with a strong response. The restrictive measures constitute “the worst hostile act” and “an open declaration of war,” KCNA state news agency cited a statement by North Korea’s Foreign Ministry as saying. Washington crossed the line by committing a “hideous crime” and Pyongyang will now retaliate with “toughest countermeasures,” the ministry stressed.

What the US did this time, not content with malignantly slandering the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is the worst crime that can never be pardoned,” it added. The US State Department responded to the harsh comments from North Korea by calling on Pyongyang to refrain from moves that promote the escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula. FULL REPORT