With each passing day, North Korea becomes more and more unhinged. According to reports from CNN, Ri Yong Ho, Foreign Minister of North Korea, alleged that President Trump declared war on the communist nation. The Foreign Minister’s statement reads as follows:
“Last weekend Trump claimed that our leadership wouldn't be around much longer and declared a war on our country. 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.”
At this point, it’s difficult to believe that North Korea isn’t parodying themselves. Who does Ri Yong Ho think he’s kidding? North Korea has threatened to attack the United States many times going back years.
The Commander-in-Chief has not declared war on North Korea. However, he has made it known that North Korea will not threaten this nation or our allies without consequences. As White House Press Secretary Sanders said about Ri Yong Ho’s assertion:
“Frankly, the suggestion of that [declaring war on North Korea] is absurd.”
Threatening America for any reason whatsoever is highly reckless and beyond inappropriate. This is something North Korea has done countless times, and it needs to end. Carelessly launching missiles at nations around the world is incredibly irreverent and shows such shockingly flagrant disregard for human life; but then again, considering that Kim Jong Un starves his own citizens and forces them to live under totalitarian rule, he obviously doesn’t care much for human life.
Nonetheless, if North Korea doesn’t like what President Trump says on Twitter and in his United Nations speeches, perhaps they should consider WHY the President is saying what he’s saying. North Korea has been incredibly hostile to the United States and our allies for quite some time. At some point, their chickens have to come home to roost.
America is going to remain strong. No longer will we accept threats, rather we will continue to prepare ourselves for any situation, foreign or domestic, which may arise, as noted by Pentagon spokesperson Rob Manning:
“[The U.S. military] will take all options to make sure that we safeguard our allies and our partners and our homeland so if North Korea does not stop their provocative actions we'll make sure we provide options to the President to deal with North Korea.”
“Our job as the Department of Defense is as you know is to make sure that the President is provided military options, we'll continue to do that, and we have a deep arsenal of military options to provide the President so then he can decide how he wants to deal with North Korea and the regime. We are postured and we are ready to fight tonight.”
In Ri Yong Ho’s attempt to play the victim, he forgot to note that President Trump’s tweet about North Korea not being around for much longer only came after he accused the President of being “on a suicide mission,” following with “in case innocent lives of the US are harmed because of this suicide attack, Trump will be held totally responsible.” Quite frankly, one could argue these statements are the real threat, and should be treated as such. Regardless, if North Korea is going to cite facts, they need to cite all of them, not just the ones that suit their agenda.
The current poor state of North Korea speaks volumes to the failed leadership. Instead of mouthing off and threatening America, the leaders of North Korea would do very well to worry about their own nation. North Koreans are essentially enslaved under a totalitarian regime, which is very sad.
If North Korea legitimately feels threatened, there is one very simple step they can take to remedy their ailment- stop threatening other nations. It’s not very difficult. Granted, Kim Jong Un is an egomaniacal narcissist who frequently feels compelled to puff out his chest and make bold threats, even when unprovoked, but that’s something he can change. No matter how displeased North Korea may be with America, issuing threats will not engender their desired results. In fact, it may create situations that are especially unfavorable to North Korea. They would do well to remember this. President Trump’s tweet was a warning, not a threat. However, if North Korea persists down their current tumultuous path, what was once a harmless tweet just might become a reality.