The current tension between the United States and North Korea has now devolved into high government officials saying, in essence, “Nuh-uh, you started it.”
Over the weekend, Donald Trump continued using his Twitter account to needle North Korea and repeat his new diminutive nickname for its leader. Just as the Founders envisioned the conduct of foreign diplomacy:
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
On Monday, North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, delivered the official government response. Via Reuters:
“The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country.
Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country.
The question of who won’t be around much longer will be answered then.”
The comment about shooting down strategic bombers likely refers to the flight of B-1B bombers that the U.S. flew east of North Korea over the weekend, the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea that American warplanes had flown in the 21st century. So that should cool off tensions nicely.
Later on Monday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders took pains at the daily press briefing to state that the United States has not declared war on North Korea.
Which is true! Our president has just tweeted insults and flown strategic bombers that can carry nuclear weapons provocatively close to the country, which makes it clear that if shooting does break out, it will be thanks to the Koreans reacting to Trump’s schoolyard bullying.
In the annals of dumb reasons wars have started, that would have to rank high up there.
“Mighty Twitter account” indeed.