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North Korea: We’ll Shoot Down American Bombers Outside Our Airspace

On Monday, North Korea’s top diplomat, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, said that North Korea reserves the right to shoot down U.S. bombers even if they are not within North Korea’s airspace border.

Ri Yong Ho was responding to Trump’s tweet:

Ri Yong Ho stated that Trump’s “declaration of war” gives North Korea “every right” under the U.N. Charter to self-defense. He added, “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 question of who won’t be around much longer will be answered then.”

North Korea has accused the U.S. of a declaration of war before; in July 2016, Pyongyang said U.S. sanctions imposed on Kim were “a declaration of war.”

At the U.N., Trump had stated, “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”

Kim Jong Un issued insults back at Trump, including calling him a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” and asserting Trump would “pay dearly” for his threat to destroy North Korea, adding North Korea would consider the “highest level of hard-line countermeasures in history.” When he was asked what Kim Jong Un meant by countermeasures, Ri Yong Ho said, “I think it could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific.”

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