Verbal threats and insults have flown between President Trump and Kim Jung-un, who Trump recently referred to as “rocket man.” And now, North Korea ratchets tensions up another notch. North Korea’s foreign minister announced that the country would consider shooting down US planes in international airspace around their country.
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Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told New York reporters over the weekend, “Since the U.S. declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down the U.S. bombers even when they are not yet inside the airspace border of our country.”
He concluded the interview by stating, “Last weekend, Trump claimed that our leadership wouldn’t be around much longer and he declared a war on our country,” he added. “Even the fact that this comes from someone who is currently holding the seat of the U.S. presidency is clearly a declaration of war.”
Yong Ho’s statement came after American warplanes flew close to the North’s coast. Trump has refused to give an inch when it comes to Kim Jung-Un and his testing of nuclear weapons.
The New York Times reported that political analysts think Trump should consider North Korea a serious threat to America. Jae H. Ku, the director of the U.S. Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins said, “I think they’re dangerously close to some kind of a conflict with North Korea.”
“This is something I feared,” he added. “When we go down this road, our escalation could lead to accidental shootouts, and it may not be so accidental.”
US intelligence reported that North Korea has conducted its largest nuclear test to date, and with Jung-un threatening to launch a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific, calamity could soon ensue.
NBC News reported that if Trump and Jung-un were to initiate war with nuclear weapons, over a million people would die from just one strike.
The constant threats between the two countries could tragically result in someone firing a shot that starts World War III.