North Korea demands explanations from U.S. over seizure of diplomatic package

NEW YORK — North Korea is claiming that US officials forcibly seized a diplomatic package from one of their delegations at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport.

The United States and North Korea have no diplomatic relations.

The North Korean delegation was in NY to attend the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the KCNA report said.

According to the KCNA report on the incident, over 20 officials, who claimed to be with the US Department of Homeland Security and police, "made a violent assault like gangsters to take away the diplomatic package from the diplomats".

"This clearly shows that the U.S. is a felonious and lawless gangster state", he said, adding that the worldwide community should seriously question the prestige of NY as a place where global meetings are held.

"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.

"As the diplomats vigorously resisted, they grabbed the diplomatic package using physical violence and made off". "The U.S. should reflect on its reckless act and be fully aware of the grave consequences to follow". So, in format terms, the United States and North Korea are at war, with their political relations staying strained. Hours after the incident came to light, the North Korean Central News Agency issues a press release in which they described the incident as a grave mistake on the part of the USA while warning that there will be "grave consequences to follow".

The accusations came amid mounting tensions over North Korea's repeated testing of ballistic missiles, and controversy over last week's release of ailing former University of Virginia student student Otto Warmbier after 17 months in captivity.

Mr Warmbier was in a coma, showed no understanding of language, and had extensive brain tissue loss.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the North Korean officials protested strongly and US officials asked them to board the flight, saying the package would be handed over to them later. Warmbier was arrested back in January 2016 after he overstayed in North Korea - being there on a tourist visa.