North Korea's vice foreign minister is blaming President Trump for 'making trouble' through his 'aggressive tweets' as tensions rise over the possibility the regime will launch another nuclear weapons test.
Vice Minister Han Song Ryol sat down for an interview with the Associated Press on the eve of the country's biggest national holiday, the 'Day of the Sun' amid increasingly bitter words between the two countries.
Han accused Trump of building up a 'vicious cycle' of tensions and warned the US against provoking North Korea militarily. He said: 'We will go to war if they choose.'
His remarks come hours after a member of the Trump administration denied a report claiming the US was prepared to launch a pre-emptive strike to halt any nuclear test at the weekend.
North Korea blames Trump and the U.S. for the rising tensions, according to Han, who cited US-South Korean wargames, the deployment of a US aircraft carrier to the peninsula last weekend, as well as Trump's recent tweets on Tuesday that the North is 'looking for trouble'.