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N.Korea: US 'mugged' diplomats at NY airport

N.Korea: US 'mugged' diplomats at NY airport

North Korea accused USA authorities on Sunday of "mugging" its diplomats at the John F Kennedy airport in NY, forcibly confiscating a diplomatic package which it said raised questions about the city as the seat of the United Nations.

North Korea has claimed that the United States recently mugged its delegation carrying a diplomatic package in NY, calling on Washington to provide an explanation on what it calls a provocation.

"This clearly shows that the U.S.is a felonious and lawless gangster state", the spokesman said, the News reported.

The diplomats were in possession of a valid diplomatic courier certificate, KCNA said.

The ongoing diplomatic row between the United States and North Korea hit a new low point on Sunday after North Korea accused the USA of being "a felonious and lawless gangster state".

"That said, considering the entire North Korean national budget is less than the NYPD's alone, I'm not sure they're in a position to volunteer their hosting services" to the United Nations, he added.

The rogue nation threatened unspecified "grave consequences" if the U.S. failed to provide "a good explanation of its act of infringement upon the sovereignty of the DPRK and an official apology on behalf of the United States government".

The North Korean spokesperson also described the incident as "mugging" and that it was an "intolerable act of infringement upon the sovereignty of North Korea".

The incident comes days after American college student Otto Warmbier was returned to the U.S.in a coma after being imprisoned in North Korea.

Mr. Warmbier was arrested as he was attempting to leave Pyongyang that year, charged with committing "hostile acts" against the regime after stealing a propaganda poster from his hotel.

"The US owes the DPRK a good explanation of its act of infringement upon the sovereignty of the DPRK and an official apology on behalf of the USA government", the ministry said.

Pyongyang warned that if the White House failed to give due response to the North's "reasonable and fair demand" on the incident, it would be "totally responsible" for all the consequences. Warmbier was arrested back in January 2016 after he overstayed in North Korea - being there on a tourist visa.