N.Korea moving airplanes, boosting defence after United States bomber flight - Yonhap


Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters Monday that what he called Trump's "declaration of war" gives North Korea "every right" under the U.N. Charter to take countermeasures, "including the right to shoot down the United States strategic bombers even they're not yet inside the airspace border of our country".

Trump responded with a warning, saying if the North Korean foreign minister was echoing thoughts of his leader Kim in his speech at the United Nations, "they won't be around much longer". Ri was reacting to Trump's Twitter comments that Kim and Ri "won't be around much longer" if they acted on their threats toward the United States.

The remarks come after in his first speech at the UN General Assembly, Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if necessary.

The renewed tensions come as there were military maneuvers held by United States bombers over waters east of North Korea.

President Donald Trump vowed to "fix the mess" over North Korea's nuclear program but warned any USA military attack would be "devastating".

A Pentagon spokesman, Army Col. Rob Manning, said Monday that the operation was conducted in worldwide airspace and legally permissible.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit China from Thursday to Saturday for talks with senior officials that will include the crisis over North Korea and trade, the State Department said on Tuesday. A survey jointly conducted with the ABC network showed 67% of respondents saying the USA should only strike against North Korea if North Korea attacks first, compared to 23% who agreed with the U.S. striking first, the Washington Post reported on September 24.

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The penalties are part of a Trump administration effort to show it's still committed to using economic pressure and diplomacy to resolve the North Korea nuclear crisis, rather than the military threat that Trump has repeatedly issued.

In his brief address to reporters before heading to the airport, Mr Ri said that the global community had hoped that the "war of words between the DPRK and the United States not turn into real actions".

"This further advances our strategy to fully isolate North Korea in order to achieve our broader objectives of a peaceful and denuclearized Korean peninsula", US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

The United States seemed to have disclosed the flight route of the bombers intentionally because North Korea seemed to be unaware, the report said.

Ri told the General Assembly on Saturday that North Korea's recent "ICBM-mountable H-bomb test" was a key step to completing its nuclear force.

"Our ultimate goal is to establish the balance of power with the USA", he minister said.