The US made a “declaration of war” by putting the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on a sanctions blacklist, Pyongyang has claimed.
Taking the action, Washington accused the dictator of overseeing widespread human rights abuses, which had made the isolated communist state “among the world’s most repressive countries”.
In response, North Korea severed its official lines of communication with the US and said dealings between the two nations must now be dealt with under “war law”.
Barack Obama ‘crossed a line’ with sanctions, North Korea has said
Han Song Ryol of the North’s foreign ministry said: “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 unfavorable position during the political and military showdown with the DPRK.
“The United States has crossed the red line in our showdown.
“We regard this thrice-cursed crime as a declaration of war.”
The sanctions imposed on Kim placed a freeze on any properties he may own in America and prevented him from doing business with US citizens.