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North Korea: U.S. Has Declared War

North Korean Foreign Minister at the U.N.
North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho

The possibility of war between U.S. and North Korea is higher this morning after President Trump tweeted over the weekend that North Korea “won’t be around much longer” and Pyongyang responded that the United States has declared war.

North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in New York this morning that Trump has declared war on his country and North Korea is prepared to defend itself.

“Trump by his rhetoric has declared war on North Korea,” Ri Yong Ho said through an interpreter. “And North Korea has the right to self defense.”

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He added that all options are on the table and North Korea will use any mean possible, and take all actions necessary, to defend itself.

Mr. Ri went further and promised that North Korea will shoot down any U.S. bombers flying close to its borders with South Korea.

He was reacting to a tweet over the weekend by Trump asserting that if the North Korean foreign minister reaffirms earlier comments by leader Kim Jong-un then the nation “won’t be around much longer.”

“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!” Trump tweeted.

Ri who was in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly meeting told the group earlier that firing its missile into the U.S. mainland was inevitable after Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “rocket man.”

“Trump by his rhetoric has declared war on North Korea,” Ri Yong Ho said through an interpreter. “And North Korea has the right to self defense.”

Last week, U.S. Air Force B-1B lancer bombers escorted by fighter jets flew in international airspace over water east of North Korea in what the Pentagon called a show of force to let North Korea know the U.S. president has a range of options.

“This mission is a demonstration of US resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat,” said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White.

Calling the Asian nation a “grave threat,” White added that the U.S. is “prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the US homeland and our allies”.

Mr. Ri said such actions and the recent sanction on his country by the U.N. will not deter his country from its stated goal of becoming a nuclear power.

“Through such a prolonged and arduous struggle, now we are finally only a few steps away from the final gate of completion of the state nuclear force,” Ri told the leaders gathered at the U.N.

“It is only a forlorn hope to consider any chance that the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) would be shaken an inch or change its stance due to the harsher sanctions by the hostile forces,” he said.

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Ri warned that Pyongyang leaders are ready to defend the country if the United States shows signs of “decapitating operation on our headquarters or military attack against our country”.

North Korea has launched dozens of missiles this year with most of them flying over Japan as it accelerates its missile program with the aim of targeting the U.S. mainland.



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