Taking umbrage at Trump’s weekend tweet that North Korea’s leadership “won’t be around much longer” if it keeps up its threats, Ri told reporters the worldwide community hoped that a “war of words” would “not turn into real actions”.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called the suggestion the US had declared war on North Korea “absurd”.
It should not be forgotten that the USA and China share the same goal for resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis.
Because the United States declared war, even if USA strategic bombers do not intrude into our air, we will possess the right to respond in self-defense, including the right to launch at a random time and drop [the strategic bomber].
“As long as the United States looks down on the political systems of other countries based on unilateral standards and notions, and engage in domestic intervention and acts of aggression, the goals of sustainable development will not be realized”, Ri said.
Twitter has taken the rare step of publicly commenting on one of President Trump’s tweets – only to declare, to the chagrin of many users, that its policy against tweets containing violent threats isn’t so cut-and-dried when the threats in question come from the president of the United States.
“It’s never appropriate for a country to shoot down another country’s aircraft when it’s over worldwide waters”, she said.
Despite tough talk by the Trump administration that a military option remains on the table, the United States can not attack North Korea’s nuclear facilities without putting 25 million residents of Seoul, and at least 28,000 USA citizens (military and civilian) stationed in the centre of Seoul, at risk of being killed by conventional or nuclear bombardment.
Cabinet officials, particularly Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have insisted the USA -led campaign diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea is focused on eliminating the pariah state’s nuclear weapons program, not its totalitarian government. “They haven’t seen the US act like this before”.
Trump praised Spain’s decision to expel a North Korean ambassador and to stand with the United States.
In a rare direct statement on Friday, Kim described Trump as a “mentally deranged United States dotard” whom he would tame with fire.
“North Korea’s weapons program is a grave threat to the Asia-Pacific region and the entire worldwide community”.
Last week, in his first speech to the General Assembly, Mr Trump vowed to “totally destroy” North Korea if it continued to threaten the USA and it allies.
“Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN”.
The president appeared eager to push back on the notion that it was he, not North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who’s responsible for upping the rhetoric between the countries to alarming levels.
McMaster voiced confidence that the United States could, for example, impose a military blockade if it chose, perhaps even as a part of a multinational effort. This is the idea that Pyongyang would freeze its nuclear and missile activities if the US stopped piloting military exercises in South Korea. There is not a military blockade that can solve the problem.
The U.S. has a “deep arsenal of military options to provide the president so that he can then decide how he wants to deal with North Korea”, he said.
Analysts were unimpressed with the White House position-noting that the North Koreans are very unlikely to accept conditions such as those McMaster envisions. “It’s a retreat to a familiar corner”, Joshua H. Pollack, editor of The Nonproliferation Review and a senior research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, told The National Interest.
“I have recently issued tough new sanctions against those who do business with this outlaw regime, and I applaud China’s recent actions to restrict its trade with North Korea”, Trump said.