In this Sept 25, 2017 file photo, Ri Yong-ho, Foreign Minister of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), speaks outside the UN Plaza Hotel, in New York. Russian state news agency Tass says the DPRK foreign minister has accused US President Donald Trump of “setting a fuse of war” with his September speech at the United Nations, it was reported on, Oct 11, 2017. (RICHARD DREW / AP)
MOSCOW — Russian state news agency Tass says the foreign minister of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has described his nation's nuclear weapons as a "sword of justice."
Tass quoted the DPRK minister, Ri Yong-ho, on Wednesday accusing US President Donald Trump of "setting a fuse of war" with his September speech at the United Nations.
Trump threatened in the UN speech to "totally destroy" the DPRK if forced to defend the US or its allies.
Ri told Tass that Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons represent a deterrent to protect the country from the US.
US President Donald Trump delivers his speech at the 72nd Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, Sept 19, 2017. (LI RUI / XINHUA)
He said the DPRK’s strategic forces have "inexhaustible power that won't leave aggressor state America unpunished."
Ri added that the DPRK "army and people are persistently demanding to settle the final score with the Americans with a fiery hail, not words."