Earlier today, Foreign Minister, Ri Yong Ho, North Korea’s top diplomat, responded to a Tweet from President Trump, saying that the post was the same as declaring war on North Korea.
President Trump has recently taken to calling Kim Jong-un Rocket Man, or Little Rocket Man in reference to the ongoing missile tests that North Korea has been conducting. Trump’s tweet declared that should the Foreign Minister echo the thoughts of “Little Rocket Man,” “they” wouldn’t be around much longer.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
Though President Trump did not actually make an official declaration of war, the North Korean representative has chosen to interpret the tweet as such and stated that such a declaration gives North Korea the right to take countermeasure’s under the UN Charter, “including the right to shoot down the United States strategic bombers even they’re not yet inside the airspace border of our country.”
Since North Korea has largely been ignoring UN sanctions to date, it can be assumed that Ho’s statement is meant as a scare tactic, a sort of stated assumption that they have the backing of the UN if it comes down to firing on US aircraft. That isn’t necessarily true, but crazy foreign representatives will be crazy foreign representatives.
The White House has officially denied declaring war on North Korea, but in truth, we have been at war with them since 1950. However, an armistice has been in place since 1953 and has yet to be lifted.
It’s clear that not all Americans back Trump’s method of presenting his thoughts and potential threats on Twitter, but no one can deny the fact that this president is doing things differently, and not hiding behind ambiguous speeches. He has made his position clear, but as of yet, has not declared war on North Korea. What Trump has said is that America’s military is ready for North Korea and basically, the world, and the United States in particular is tired of Kim Jong-un’s ongoing tantrums.