North Korea accuses US of declaring war, says it has right to shoot down bombers

North Korea accuses US of declaring war, says it has right to shoot down bombers, by Jacob Pramuk.

North Korea’s foreign minister on Monday accused President Donald Trump of declaring war, saying that gives the rogue regime the right to shoot down U.S. strategic bombers.

Pyongyang could target planes even when they are not flying in North Korean airspace, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in New York.

“The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country,” he said. ..

On Saturday, American bombers flew in international airspace east of North Korea in a symbolic show of military force. …

Later Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said “we have not declared war on North Korea,” calling the suggestion “absurd.”

Trump on Tuesday said the U.S. would have “no choice but to totally destroy North Korea” if it is forced to defend itself or its allies. The president and his top advisors have repeatedly said they could take military action in response to a string of missile tests, but prefer a diplomatic resolution.

Several threats by the North Koreans lately have been tantamount to a declaration of war, and Trump’s tweets come pretty close too.