What’s next? Trump is all over the board. Calling world leaders madmen, then flipping back to his war with the NFL.
North Korea’s foreign minister has accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country and said Pyongyang had the right to shoot down US bombers.
Ri Yong-ho said this could apply even if the warplanes were not in North Korea’s airspace.
The White House dismissed the statement as “absurd”. The Pentagon warned Pyongyang to stop provocations.
A UN spokesman said fiery talk could lead to fatal misunderstandings.
Mr Ri’s comments were a response to Mr. Trump’s tweet that the North Korean leadership would not “be around much longer” if they continued their rhetoric.
“The whole world should clearly remember it was the US who first declared war on our country,” Mr Ri told reporters as he was leaving New York, where he had addressed the UN General Assembly on Saturday.
One little faux pas and it’s off to the hard labor gulag.
“Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make counter-measures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country.”
Mr Trump’s tweet followed Mr Ri’s fiery speech to the UN on Saturday, when he described the US president as a “mentally deranged person full of megalomania” on a “suicide mission”.
The latest North Korean threat to shoot down US warplanes comes in the wake of a recent US patrol that took its B1-B Lancer bombers and their accompanying F-15 fighter escorts over waters to the east of North Korea – the furthest north US warplanes have flown for several months, albeit still outside Pyongyang’s airspace.
The US believes it has every right to do this but if one day Pyongyang judges that these aircraft are on an offensive mission – what then?