Ri Yong-ho, the North Korean foreign minister, branded President Donald Trump “President Evil”, “Commander-in-Grief” and the “Lyin” King’ during his speech to the United Nations in NY yesterday. “War on the peninsula will have no victor”.
The UN Security Council also passed a new resolution in response to the September 3 weapon test, which was the second one adopted this year, while the first resolution has already limited oil exports to the hermit country.
“This is the farthest north of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft have flown” off the DPRK’s coast in the 21st century, said the Pentagon, adding that the move underscored “the seriousness with which we take DPRK’s reckless behaviour”. The move was to persuade the Kim government to end its threatening nuclear missile development program.
Ri then said Monday the US had essentially declared war on the North, and threatened to shoot down a USA bomber even if it was in global airspace.
A Pentagon spokesman stressed on Monday that the bombers flew in global airspace and had every right to do so.
However, Gen McMaster also acknowledged the risks of escalation with any U.S. military option.
The White House on Tuesday announced new sanctions, while North Korean leaders said President Trump’s recent comments are a declaration of war. In response, Mr Kim issued an unprecedented personal statement in which pledged to “tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire”.
The move was criticised by both Russian Federation and China who said there would be no winners if war broke out on the Korean peninsula.
“We have not declared war against North Korea and frankly the suggestion of that is absurd”, said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
The US president argued the crisis on the Korean peninsula should have been resolved 25 years ago.
He added: “If we have to take it, we will”.