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North Korea Accuses Trump of Declaring War

Newly released photos appear to reveal unexpected advances in North Korea's missile program, experts say, including a previously unseen type of projectile.On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, North Korean state media KCNA announced leader Kim Jong Un had visited the country's Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Sciences.

WASHINGTON — North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Monday accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country by tweeting over the weekend that North Korea “won’t be around much longer.”

“Last weekend Trump claimed that our leadership wouldn’t be around much longer and declared a war on our country,” Ri said, according to an official translation of his remarks to reporters in New York.

“Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make all self-defensive counter measures, including the right to shoot down the United States strategic bombers at any time even when they are not yet inside the aerospace border of our country,” Ri said.

State Department spokesperson Katina Adams responded to the comments, telling CNN, “the United States has not ‘declared war’ on North Korea. We continue to seek a peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Adams said. She also defended the right of the US to conduct flyovers in international airspace: “No nation has the right to fire on other nations’ aircraft or ships in international airspace or waters.”

The Pentagon defended the right of the US to conduct the flyovers, following Ri’s remarks on Monday.

“That operation was conducted in international airspace over international waters so we have the right to fly, sail and operate where legally permissible around the globe,” said Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman.

The US military “will take all options to make sure that we safeguard our allies and our partners and our homeland so if North Korea does not stop their provocative actions we’ll make sure we provide options to the President to deal with North Korea,” he said.

Asked about Ri’s charge that Trump’s comments were a declaration of war, Manning, said: “Our job as the Department of Defense is as you know is to make sure that the President is provided military options, we’ll continue to do that, and we have a deep arsenal of military options to provide the President so then he can decide how he wants to deal with North Korea and the regime.”

“We are postured and we are ready to fight tonight,” he added.

The US Navy will also continue to maintain its presence near the Korean peninsula despite the latest round of harsh rhetoric and threats of a military strike from Pyongyang.

Two US defense officials told CNN on Monday that the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier will conduct scheduled naval maritime exercises with the South Korean navy off the peninsula at the end of October.

While the officials said the exercises are long scheduled and not in response to recent tensions, similar exercises have prompted strong condemnation from North Korea in the past.

A White House spokesman said Monday the Trump administration had no reaction to the comments.

The ongoing war of words between the two nations also saw several new fiery salvos on Saturday, a day on which the US military, in a show of force, flew bombers in international airspace over waters east of North Korea and the detection of mysterious seismic activity refueled concerns over the rogue nation’s nuclear ambitions.

Speaking at the UN on Saturday, Ri said that Trump had made a missile attack on the US mainland inevitable by insulting the dignity of North Korea.

“None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission,” Ri said in a speech at the UN General Assembly. “In case innocent lives of the US are harmed because of this suicide attack, Trump will be held totally responsible.”

Trump took on Twitter Saturday night to respond to Ri’s remarks.

“Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!” Trump wrote.

The US and North Korea exchanged a series of verbal volleys last week as the UN met in New York.

In his speech Tuesday, Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if the US was forced to defend itself or an ally. He then tweeted on Friday that Kim was “obviously a madman” who would be “tested like never before.”

Kim responded to the US President’s speech in a rare televised statement in which he said Trump would “pay dearly” for the threats and accused him of being “mentally deranged.”

Shortly after Kim’s televised address, North Korea’s foreign minister said his country could test a powerful nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean in response to Trump’s threats of military action.

The US military also sent its own message to Pyongyang on Saturday as B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam and F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea, according to the Pentagon.

It’s the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that US fighters or bomber aircraft have ever flown this century, the Pentagon said.

The flight underscored “the seriousness with which we take DPRK’s reckless behavior,” the Pentagon said, using an acronym for North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

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

“North Korea’s weapons program is a grave threat to the Asia-Pacific region and the entire international community. We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the US homeland and our allies.”

The bomber flights are a common response to North Korean actions that the United States and its allies perceive as hostile.

A key part of the US military’s “tip of the spear,” US B-1 bombers have been seen regularly over the Korean Peninsula in recent months amid escalating tensions with Pyongyang — running regular training flights with Japanese and South Korean fighter jets that often provoke the ire of the North Korean regime.

15 comments

  • Idea of Zero

    You commentors might want to look at their strongest ally that couldn’t get a Boeing 747 to fly after they took it apart, needless to say- also an intercontinental missile that would explode 10 miles above the launch pad. I mean, until around 1995 or so. We are not dealing with one aggressor, as much as we are being silently extorted to keep daily life “natural”. I don’t completely trust this new gig, but there is some merit in keeping the populous calm to set our majority future for prosperity. “Zing” will surely come of this comment. I am also looking to survive, so get off my balls.

  • Feed Me More

    one of these days trump is going to send out a tweet from the toilet and its going to end all life on this planet, could someone please take the phone from him and lock him up, maybe the secret service can grow a pair and do it for us

  • 🙄

    Kim Jong Un acts like a 12 year old playing with his toys. He is so disturbed. I feel bad for the people of that nation cuz they have to deal with him. He’s psycho!

    • Your stupid

      Don’t worry about the people of North Korea. The Catholic Church will move them here. Than Walmart in Dickson City will be much funner!

  • Lance

    That gnome has been spitting at America for years. It’s about time we threathen to use force against this maniac who spends money on missiles while his people starve. Talking won’t stop him unless China and Russia withdrew their support. LET’S STOP HIM NOW BEFORE HE LAUNCHES AN ATTACK ON US!

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    Wnep sucks. Liberal bias. Circling the toilet bowl station. Puppets.

    Selective comment sections. What a joke.

    Propaganda is supposed to be hidden, subliminal. Not anymore. RIGHT OUT IN THE OPEN BABY.

    Shame on the staff at this station.

    Surprised there aren’t any chubbucks in the mix.

    • Lloyd Schmucatelli

      And PS, since I can’t comment on the nonsense “popular toy” article, but I can comment on this nonsense article, the popular toy would be called a fidget….spinner, for those folks who can’t read between the lies/lines.

      This channel is such a car crash in slow motion. I hate to watch, but I can’t turn away…..

  • Supporter of America

    I suppose the “left” would prefer Trump and Americans lube up, and get ready for the “Mad Man/Women” Kim Jong Yun. Trump certainly is not perfect, nor has any recent President, but Yun is a nutcase wrapped in tinfoil. Sadly and unfortunately, I believe it is only a matter of time before escalations bring us back to war in Korea; especially, if the Russians and Chinese do not put Yun in his place. All nations will lose in different ways if war re-starts in Korea.

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