The tension between the United States and North Korea has been bubbling over for quite some time. Tensions have reached an all-time high in light of new comments made by North Korea.
North Korea’s Foreign Minister, Ri Yong Ho, offered his take on President Donald Trump’s United Nations speech Friday. An official translation, according to CNN, has the foreign minister saying, “Last weekend Trump claimed that our leadership wouldn’t be around much longer and declared a war on our country.” After claiming that Trump declared war on them, he went on to say that North Korea has the “right to shoot down” US bombers, regardless of whether or not they are in North Korean airspace.
“Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make all self-defensive counter measures, including the right to shoot down the United States strategic bombers at any time even when they are not yet inside the aerospace border of our country,” the foreign minister concluded.
At this time, the White House has not reacted to the comments. They likely believe that this is just another tactic that the North Koreans are using to incite a war.
Following Trump’s comments at the United Nations, the US military had orders to fly bombers over the waters east of North Korea. It was a clear show of force — as if to tell dictator Kim Jong-un to “back off.”
Ri went on to say Saturday that President Trump is on a “suicide mission,” though it is hard to figure out what he meant, considering that the United States military alone is valued at about half the cost of their entire country.
It seems very one-sided, and as Trump pointed out, Kim himself appears to be on a suicide mission with no regard for the people who are starving to death in his country.
President Trump has tried, on multiple occasions, to see a diplomatic end to this mounting problem. Despite his efforts, Kim, Ri, and others continue push their threats.
The president took to Twitter Saturday to respond to the new threats. He exclaimed, “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!”
During his meeting at the United Nations on Friday, the president announced a new executive order designed to put further sanctions on the dictator-run country.
Many agreed with the sanctions, as it stands to reason that, as North Korea is starved of resources, they will become weaker militarily. In fact, one could argue that we’re already at war — a war of attrition and economic pressure — with North Korea.
President Trump announced that China’s central bank is currently working to end all ties with North Korea. Since China is North Korea’s biggest backer, further sanctions would only cripple North Korea — leaving the country broke and desperate, which isn’t far from where they are right now. If they decided to attack Americans, particularly on American soil, they would be forced to pay the ultimate price.