North Korea interprets Tweet as “declaration of war”

Aasha Sriram

September 26, Washington

U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent Tweet about the North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho’s speech at the UN on Saturday has been interpreted as a declaration of war.

Trump tweeted that North Korea “won’t be around much longer”.

See Tweet below.

Mr. Trump Tweeted right after Mr. Ri Yong-ho delivered a speech to the UN, describing him as a “mentally deranged person full of megalomania” on a “suicide mission”. See video below.

Referring to Mr. Trump’s post, North Korea’s minister told BBC, “the question of who won’t be around much longer” would be answered by his country. He also said that Pyongyang had the right to shoot down US bombers.

Calling it “absurd”, the White House has warned Pyongyang to stop provocations, according to BBC.

This news comes just two days after U.S. warplanes flew close to North Korea’s coast two days ago in a show of force, reported in the New York Times.

Mr. Ri said to BBC, “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. The whole world should clearly remember it was the US who first declared war on our country.”

This is not the first time North Korea has used the phrase “declaration of war” in relation to U.S. In July 2016, Pyongyang told Time Magazine that U.S. sanctions imposed on Kim were “a declaration of war” against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Trump has repeatedly warned North Korea about its nuclear tests on Twitter. See tweets below.

Trump, in his UN General Assembly speech on Sep 19 declared that America might “totally destroy” North Korea if it continued to threaten the US or its allies.

In response to this, North Korea’s President Kim Jong Un said in a statement, “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U. S. dotard with fire,” he said, choosing the rarely used word “dotard” which means an old person who is weak-minded. See video below.

On Monday, the BBC reported that President Trump imposed new sanctions on North Korea expanding to shipping, banking, ports and manufacturing, and appreciated China’s central bank shutting down business with North Korea in an “unexpected move”.

Announcing the sanctions, President Trump said to BBC: “North Korea’s nuclear weapons and nuclear development is a grave threat to peace and security in our world, and it is unacceptable that others financially support this criminal, rogue regime.

Earlier this month, BBC reported that North Korea had successfully tested exactly what the world had worried about – a miniaturized hydrogen bomb that could be loaded on to a long-range missile.

Here’s North Korea’s Nuclear test timeline.