North Korea: President Trump declared war

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed the notion that President Trump declared war on North Korea as "absurd."
By Dirk Trudeau | Sep 27, 2017
President Trump has declared war on North Korea, Kim Jong Un's foreign minister said Monday, adding that the regime had the right to respond with defensive measures, including shooting down U.S. bombers.

Foreign minister Ri Yong Ho was referring to a Twitter message posted by Trump on Saturday, in which he said that if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his ministers acted on their threats against the United States, they "won't be around much longer."

"Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country," Ri told reporters, according to Reuters. "The question of who won't be around much longer will be answered then."

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed the notion that the U.S. had declared war on North Korea as "absurd."

In a show of force over the weekend, the U.S. Air Force flew B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighters east of North Korea.

"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 Pentagon spokesman Colonel Robert Manning on Monday.

North Korea is technically still at war with the U.S. because the Korean War of 1950-53 ended not in a peace treaty, but a truce.

Kim Jong Un, who accuses the U.S. of planning to invade, has defiantly gone ahead with missile and nuclear programs despite international sanctions. North Korea conducted its largest nuclear test this month and experts warn that it now has the technology to launch missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.

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