North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, has accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war, telling reporters in New York that North Korea reserved the right to shoot down US bombers.
According to the BBC, this applied even when they were not in North Korean airspace, Mr. Ri asserted. The world “should clearly remember” it was the US that first declared war, Mr Ri went on to say.
Our editor has also been in New York, and there seems a level of calm from the general public, as New York would potentially be too far away for any North Korean missiles to strike the East Side of the US. The same perhaps can’t be said for the West coast.
Trump’s response to all this has been far from helping to calm tensions. After Mr Ri addressed the United Nations on Saturday, the Trump responded by tweeting that Mr Ri and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “won’t be around much longer” if they continued their rhetoric.
After the North’s latest and most powerful nuclear test earlier this month, the UN Security Council approved new sanctions on the country.
Tensions continue and the crisis has yet to be solved.
by Berk Bektas
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