North Korean foreign minister considers Trump tweet a declaration of war

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A tweet from President Donald Trump has led North Korean foreign minister to say that the U.S. has declared war giving the country every right to shoot down U.S. strategic bombers even when they are not in North Korean airspace.

Guam – The back and forth rhetoric between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea continues.

NK News is reporting that North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho is considering a recent tweet from President Trump as a declaration of war. On the 24th trump tweeted “just heard foreign minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of little rocket man, they won’t be around much longer!”

According to NK News, during an impromptu press conference outside of the Millennium Hotel in New York on Monday Ri spoke through a translator saying, “last weekend Trump claimed that our leadership would (not) be around much longer and… He declared a war on our country.” Ri went on to say that North Korea had the right to shoot down U.S. aircraft caught outside of North Korean airspace. Ri is quoted by NK News as saying “The U.N. charter stipulates individual member states’ rights to self-defense… Since the United States declared war on our country we will have every right to make countermeasures.” Ri said these countermeasures included, “the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they’re not yet inside the airspace border of our country.” Ri added, “the question of who won’t be around much longer will be answered then.” On Saturday multiple B-1B lancer bombers and F-15c eagle fighters flew over international waters off North Korea’s East coast.