In the latest installment of the escalating verbal exchanges between the U.S. and North Korea, today North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said Trump’s statements on Saturday amounted to a declaration of war.
According to Ri, Pyongyang can now respond accordingly, which includes potentially shooting down U.S. bombers, even if they aren’t in North Korean territory.
Ri is purportedly responding to Trump’s tweet from Saturday:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">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!</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/911789314169823232">September 24, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
What does this latest statement from Pyongyang mean for the U.S.-North Korea relationship?
Sung-Yoon Lee, an expert on the Koreas, and a professor in Korean Studies at The Fletcher School at Tufts University