Trump “declared war” says North Korea foreign Minister
North Korea foreign minister Ri Yong Ho says the United States declared war when President Trump tweeted that the North Korean leader Kim Jong Midget “wouldn’t be around long. Ho said that gives the North Korean Communist dictator the right to shoot down U.S. strategic bombers.
Pyongyang could target planes even when they are not flying in North Korean airspace, Foreign Minister Ho told reporters in New York.
“The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country,” “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,”
The war of words between Trump and the Communist dictator began last week with Trump’s United Nations speech and escalated Saturday with Trump saying the little rocket man “won’t be around much longer”.
In response to the Korean ministers comment on a declaration of war Pentagon spokesman Colonel Robert Manning said the Defense Department would give Trump options to “deal with North Korea” if provocations continue.
Minister Ho inflamed tensions on Saturday calling 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.”
Trump said on Tuesday the U.S. would have “no choice but to totally destroy North Korea” if it is forced to defend itself or its allies. The president and his top advisors have repeatedly said that they could take military action in response to a string of missile test, but prefer a diplomatic resolution.
On Thursday, Trump signed an executive order expanding his authority to target people and institutions that do business with North Korea. Trump hopes the measure will help cut off Pyongyang’s funding sources for its nuclear and missile programs.
The central bank in China, North Korea’s only major ally, also told its banks to strictly implement U.N. sanctions.
Trump has said he supports the “complete denuclearization” of North Korea.