According to a report by NPR journalist Jihye Lee, North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, claims that President Donald Trump’s insulting tweet about his country last weekend equals to a declaration of war. He also pointed out that his country can now legally shoot down American military planes under international law, even if it’s flying outside of the country’s airspace.
“For the past couple of days, we had earnestly hoped that the war of words between North Korea and the U.S. would not lead to action,” Ho said according to a translation by Lee. “However, Trump had ultimately declared war again last weekend, by saying regarding our leadership, that he will make it unable to last longer.”
Last weekend, President 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!”
Ho said that as the United States current president, Trump issued a “clear declaration of war.”
Pentagon spokesman Col. Robert Manning released a statement saying, “If North Korea does not stop their provocative actions, you know, we will make sure that we provide options to the President to deal with North Korea.”