President Trump has "lit the wick of war," North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho says.
Trump’s statement to the United Nations, in which he referred to Kim Jung-un as "rocket man," was "insane" and "belligerent," Ri told Russian state news agency TASS on Wednesday.
North Korea’s "strategic forces, possessing inexhaustible strength not yet known to anyone, will not let America, an aggressor state, go unpunished," Ri continued. He also boasted that his nation has almost achieved a "balance of force" with the U.S.
"We need to settle the final score, only with a hail of fire, not words," Ri said. He claimed that in "the current atmosphere," there is no possible way that negotiations can be held.
Trump has escalated his rhetoric in regard to the hermit kingdom, kicking off with the famous "fire and fury" remark in August. More ominously, Trump tweeted "only one thing will work" over the weekend.