Although tensions seemed to fizzle between the United States and North Korea in recent months, after Kim Jong un announced he would be tabling plans to launch long-range ballistic missiles toward American bases in Guam, recent weeks have seen yet another dramatic increase in aggressive rhetoric between the two nations.
President Trump, who has dubbed North Korea’s Supreme Leader “Rocket Man,” addressed the United Nations for the first time in his presidency last week, threatening to “destroy” North Korea if their leader’s provocations didn’t stop. His speech, which has proven to be received as divisively as his presidency by the international community, prompted a fresh slew of threats levied by North Korean officials, including an out of character first-person statement by Kim Jong un himself, who usually opts to speak through North Korean media channels. Now, however, that rhetoric has been heightened once again, this time with a North Korean threat that could potentially lead to war.
In a statement made on Monday, North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho claimed that President Trump declared war on his nation via Twitter over the weekend, when he wrote; “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!”
As such, the North Korean official declared that his nation’s military may now begin targeting American fighters and bombers that fly over the Korean Peninsula, regardless of whether or not they enter North Korean air space.