North Korea accuses Trump of declaring war

Doris Richards
September 26, 2017

Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters Monday that what he called Trump's "declaration of war" gives North Korea "every right" under the U.N. Charter to take countermeasures, "including the right to shoot down the United States strategic bombers even they're not yet inside the airspace border of our country".

In light of this, Ri said North Korea would take counter measures, including the right to shoot down U.S. bombers flying over the Korean Peninsula, even if they did not enter North Korean airspace.

The dispute between the leaders of the US and North Korea has taken on a decidedly personal tone lately - as when Trump called Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man" during a speech at the United Nations on Tuesday.

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A North Korean parliamentary committee has sent an open letter to several global parliaments condemning the belligerent attitude of the president of the US, North Korea's state agency KCNA says.

In response, Pentagon spokesman Col. Robert Manning said, "If North Korea does not stop their provocative actions, you know, we will make sure that we provide options to the president to deal with North Korea".

The exchange of threats also included this from Trump, on Friday: "Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!"

"If the US misunderstands our power and willingness and pushes ahead with a reckless military option, it will lead to the most tragic end for the American empire", according to the statement.

"Given the fact that this comes from someone who is now holding the seat of (the) United States presidency, this is clearly a declaration of war". "We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the USA homeland and our allies", White said.

"The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country", Ri said to reporters in NY as quoted by Reuters.

The committee also drew on Trump's recent threat to "totally destroy" the North Korean regime if attacked, calling it a "declaration of war".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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