Monday, the foreign minister of North Korea charged President Donald Trump with declaring war on the rogue nation. He said this gave NK ‘the right’ to fire at any US strategic bombers.
Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, speaking to reporters in New York, said Pyongyang can now target any plane, even if they’re not flying in NK airspace.
“The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country,” he said.
“Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country,” he added.
This past Saturday, in a show of military force, American bombers flew in international airspace just east of NK.
The comments come amid an escalation of rhetoric between Pyongyang and Washington as the international community tries to end North Korean nuclear and missile programs. Trump’s first appearance at the United Nations General Assembly last week prompted a string of harsh warnings and threats.
Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
On Monday, Ri claimed that comment was a declaration of war. Ri also inflamed tensions following Trump’s defiant remarks to the U.N. last week. On Saturday, he called Trump “President Evil” and claimed that economic sanctions will not deter Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and a “balance of power with the U.S.”
Though President Trump and his top advisors have continuously said they can and will take military action, in response to NK’s series of missile tests, they would prefer to be diplomatic in reaching a resolution.
‘Trump on Tuesday said the U.S. would have “no choice but to totally destroy North Korea” if it is forced to defend itself or its allies,’ reports CNBC.