Bad news 2016 continues. The people in charge of the mystery world that is North Korea have reportedly described the US’ decision to add Kim Jong-Un’s name to a sanctions blacklist as a “declaration of war”.
The supreme leader stands accused of overseeing widespread human rights abuses and, under the sanctions, he cannot carry out any business with US citizens. There’s also a freeze on any properties he owns in the US.
North Korea responded with dramatic war talk. "The Obama administration went so far to have the impudence to challenge the supreme dignity of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in order to get rid of its unfavourable position during the political and military showdown with the DPRK,” said Han Song Ryol, the director-general of the US affairs department at North Korea's foreign ministry. “The United States has crossed the red line in our showdown. We regard this thrice-cursed crime as a declaration of war."
North Korea has also cut off the New York channel, its only official line of communication with the US government, with Han saying all interactions between the two countries must now be dealt with under “war law.”
Han also expressed fears about the US and South Korea’s joint military exercises, which are set to take place south of the Demilitarized Zone next month.
"By doing these kinds of vicious and hostile acts toward the DPRK, the US has already declared war against the DPRK,” he continued. “So it is our self-defensive right and justifiable action to respond in a very hard way. We are all prepared for war, and we are all prepared for peace. If the United States forces those kinds of large-scale exercises in August, then the situation caused by that will be the responsibility of the United States."
Hold onto your butts. [USA Today]